Today is our national holiday to honor the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
He dreamed what seemed to be an impossible dream. He dreamed of a different world, and he lived his short life to do all that he could to change it.
He chose a different path than many around him. Maybe they were afraid. The white people had the money and the power. Perhaps they felt Dr. King’s dream was impossible. But, the more that he dreamed, the more people joined him.
In his great speech, “I have a dream” he said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
In the end, the dream required his own life by the hand of an assassin.
The night before he was killed, Dr. King preached a sermon titled, “I have seen the Promised Land.” He said,
“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.
The kingdom of God is lived out on earth as God has certain people in certain places doing certain things at certain times. Dr. King was one of those rare men who was God’s man, at God’s time, doing God’s will. How I long to be that kind of man.
They could kill the dreamer but not the dream.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream lives on today and tomorrow, and forever in the hearts of all people who long to see, love to replace hate and light overcome darkness.
Our nation and our world is a better place because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I join today in honoring this great man of God. His life and legacy reminds us that there is hope for our dreams also, so keep on DREAMING.