Selma 1965

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The photo above was taken at the Montgomery courthouse on March 17th 1965, 10 days after the freedom march led by Martin Luther King from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.

Saturday March 7th 2015 will mark 50 years since this historic event. But time has not dimmed the significance or the courage of those who stood up against the racial injustice of that time. As I looked at this photo from long ago I felt a mixture of sadness and hope.

Sadness that Dr. Kings life and what might have been was gone in a moment on that spring day 1968 in Memphis Tennessee.

Sadness that the dream Dr. King spoke about and his hope for a nation undivided by race and hatred still has not been realized.

But there is still hope

Hope that one day all God’s children will live together in peace

Hope that in the end hate will not win, evil will not prevail. That day will come,

When we finally understand that none of us is more precious than all of us in God’s sight.

When we finally understand that the problem that divides us at its core is not color or race, or ethnicity but a problem of sin.

When we finally understand that the sin problem is everybody’s problem, no one is exempt and the only cure for it is to be changed, by God’s love, mercy, and grace and forgiveness

When we finally understand that real freedom is the freedom to love extravagantly without conditions, as He loved us unconditionally despite our imperfections, our failures, our sins.

Then we will be free to be who God intended us to be.

And that changes everything!

1 Corinthians 13   Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what. Love will never become obsolete”.

Greater than faith, greater than hope, Love will conquer all!

The dream is still alive

Photo credit-AP file photo



“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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