The photo above was taken at the Montgomery courthouse on March 17th 1965, 10 days after the freedom march led by Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.
Saturday March 7th 2015 will mark 50 years since this historic event. But time has not dimmed the significance or the courage of those who stood up against the racial injustice of that time. As I looked at this photo from long ago I felt a mixture of sadness and hope.
Sadness that Dr. Kings life and what might have been was gone in a moment on that spring day 1968 in Memphis Tennessee.
Sadness that the dream Dr. King spoke about and his hope for a nation undivided by race and hatred still has not been realized.
But there is still hope
Hope that one day all God’s children will live together in peace
Hope that in the end hate will not win, evil will not prevail. That day will come,
When we finally understand that none of us is more precious than all of us in God’s sight.
When we finally understand that the problem that divides us at its core is not color or race, or ethnicity but a problem of sin.
When we finally understand that the sin problem is everybody’s problem, no one is exempt and the only cure for it is to be changed, by God’s love, mercy, and grace and forgiveness
When we finally understand that real freedom is the freedom to love extravagantly without conditions, as He loved us unconditionally despite our imperfections, our failures, our sins.
Then we will be free to be who God intended us to be.
And that changes everything!
1 Corinthians 13 “ Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. Love will never become obsolete”.
Greater than faith, greater than hope, Love will conquer all!
The dream is still alive
Photo credit-AP file photo