Monday, January 21, 2013

Benediction delivered at Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday NAACP Breakfast in Las Cruces, NM - January 21, 2013

Eternal One, Creator and Sustainer of us all,
We know that we have taken strides forward in overcoming hatred, in combating intolerance, in fostering greater acceptance, and in establishing a sense of equality.   Yet, we have only begun.  Barriers still exist. Prejudices still creep into the minds of too many people; bigotry still steals its way into the human heart.  
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called upon us to recognize the constant need for action, whether in our struggle to eliminate inequities or to root out war and conflict in our nation and our world.   He said:
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today.  We are confronted with the fierce urgency of NOW.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. 
     There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect….We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation.  This may well be our last chance to choose between chaos and community.”  
    Through compassionate policy, fervent belief, shared principle, common hope, coordinated action, may we choose coexistence so that we will be, as we are here and now, a community – one people – a beloved community based in genuine mutual concern– making Dr. King’s dream our dream, and making that dream a reality. 
So may we go and do – and let us say amen.    

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