Monday, January 15, 2007
Happy MLK Day from Washington DC
So I flew into Reagan-National this afternoon ... a gloriously clear and suprisingly WARM January day in our nation's capital. As we circled before landing I saw the mall stretching out in the afternoon sun and imagined what it must have been like to have been here for "I Have a Dream" day... and then, out the windows on the right side of the plane were the seemingly endless rows of white markers that are Arlington Cemetary and I wondered what it would be like when King's dream for a nation of peace, equality and liberty became a reality. And we ain't there yet.
Which is why we continue to take to heart Coretta Scott King's call to make MLK Day a day ON rather than a day OFF! My "day on" was a commute day to be here in DC for work with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Religion Council for the next couple of days and the chance to come together with interfaith and ecumenical colleagues committed to the Gospel of God's inclusive love.
A great "day on" in celebration of Martin Luther King Day ... and a great way to end it is to hear again these words from his 1967 Beyond Vietnam speech:
Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.
And now I'm going to watch the Golden Globes! :)