inaugural day

Monday, January 21, 2013

Today, I sat with my four children in our living room, immensely grateful for the legacy of one man who represents a whole generation of people who gave their lives (some of them literally) for the cause of equality and freedom. I love Inauguration Day in general, and the fact that my biracial daughter could sit with her brothers and sisters of another color to watch the first biracial president be sworn into office for not just once, but the second time, was especially moving.

Everyone is familiar with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but fewer are familiar with his very last speech, given just hours before his death. It’s this speech and, in particular, the last part that’s speaking to me lately. This man, who was faithfully following after God, who knew what that obedience might cost him, was supernaturally aware that he wasn’t going to see the fruition of all that he was working for. Yet, he still walked towards that goal, unafraid of any man.

Today, we saw a bit of fulfillment of that goal. Today, my children sang the words from this speech, and I prayed that all of them will have the courage, tenacity, wisdom, and obedience of Martin Luther King, Jr. I prayed that they echo his prayer in their hearts today and always, “I just want to do God’s will.” The God we serve is faithful.

“And then I got into Memphis, and some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out of what would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers. Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really 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, and He's allowed me to go up to the mountain, and I've looked over and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy tonight, I'm not worried about anything, I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…”

 

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