Today, as I reflect on Dr. King, the media is filled with reports on the catastrophic devastation going on in Haiti. Sources fear that up to 100,000 people may have died and describe it as the worst earthquake to hit the Caribbean nation in 200 years. Everywhere, people of conscience are being moved to help. We cannot let our fellow brothers and sisters lose hope and we can’t lose hope either.
Dr. King’s life was dedicated to uplifting his fellow man, the downtrodden, the poor, the hopeless, and the forgotten. In Trumpet of Conscience, Dr. King reflected on hope, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose the courage to be, the quality that helps you to go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
We’ve got to do what we can to “keep hope alive.” Not only for the Haitian people, but also for the jobless, homeless, and hopeless people right here at home. Reflect on the time in which Dr. King lived and how he responded to difficulties. In spite of everything he endured, the hoses and attack dogs, his home bombed, being spit on, jailed, ridiculed, and threatened with death, he still had hope and faith. To read about my second favorite Dr. King quotes on Justice, click here… http://wp.me/ppImQ-e8
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