The Passion of the King (Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.)

On this holiday which honors Martin Luther King, jr., I am sitting in a class preparing for writing a dissertation. I enjoy seeing these guys from my cohort and meeting new friends, but this isn’t how I would have wanted to enjoy this day.

Caleb is out of school as are most kids. Many businesses are closed but not all. I realize that we still have a long way to go to see Dr. King’s dream come true, but it is nice to have a day which we can reflect on the progress made.

I often wonder if the fact that Dr. King was killed in the midst of his peaceful protests moved us forward faster. King’s passion for civil rights moved us on a trajectory of change.

As I have learned at Mosaic, the #1 definition for “passion” in Webster’s Dictionary is “the death and sufferings of Jesus Christ.” In essence, “passion” really refers to the cause or issue for which “we are willing to suffer and die.”

King’s willingness to die for the cause needs to be remembered. May we all have more passion in our lives, a passion to accomplish great things and bring justice – even if it costs us our lives.

What progress do you think we have made?

  • angela

    Happy birthday, Eric!

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