Monday, January 19, 2015

my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. story

On January 30, 1956 Martin Luther King, Jr's home was bombed, with his wife & baby girl inside.

An angry crowd of friends formed in his front yard, ready to take matters in their own hands.

After making sure his family was safe and giving thanks to the Lord, King stepped out to speak to the crowd, from the smoking ruins of his house:
"Don’t get panicky.  Don’t do anything panicky.  Don’t get your weapons. If you have weapons, take them home.  He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.  Remember that is what Jesus said.  We are not advocating violence.  We want to love our enemies.  I want you to love our enemies.  Be good to them. This is what we must live by.  We must meet hate with love."
Good words, still today, as we stand in the midst of ruins.

"The time is always right to do what is right." ~ MKL, Jr.

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