Gracious Heavenly Father —
On this day when our nation remembers Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may we reflect on his life and witness that so often was drawn from the teachings of your Son, our Savior. May each of us seek to eliminate any bigotry and hatred from our lives. Following the example of Jesus, may we also seek out the lonely, the lost, the downtrodden and outcast, providing for their physical as well as spiritual needs.
Give us the strength and wisdom necessary when we find ourselves in those places of danger, division, discord, and sorrow where love is so desperately needed but so painfully absent. May we have the commitment to live by the teachings of Christ that his words are codes of conduct rather than mere words of inspiration.
As we remember the courage of Dr. King, as he sought to make your word known among all people, may we refuse the temptation to take an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth but instead replace evil with good. May we be known as examples of your love that when those who are blinded by hate confront us, we will strive to remain nonviolent and love those who chose to be our enemies. May we work for justice, freedom and human dignity for all your children who so often are victims of injustice and oppression. May we love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even as we see the whole world as our neighborhood.
O God, fashion and mold our memories into a guiding vision for active discipleship, so that we may not only long and yearn for thy coming kingdom but may also recognize its arrival and presence in the risen Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, in whose blessed name we pray. Amen.
See you in church,