Jan 19, 2020

“Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, April 3, 1968, a speech he gave one day before he was assassinated.

I am deeply moved by the life, words and hope of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He spoke into our country’s soul with a force for change, reconciliation, and primarily with a faith and hope that all people would find God’s purpose for all people. Every person’s suffering matters and every persons response matters.

I find it particularly moving on this weekend of his remembrance, as we weigh our great challenges. We are being called upon to take up the great opportunities God continues to give us to make a difference in this world person by person.

It is no small gift that God has nurtured this family to be a people of profound care and hope for each others lives, for those who come to our thoughts and concerns, both known at present, and yet to be known.

I have seen a glimpse of the promise land God is leading us into. A place, a time and a people who find meaningful purpose to serve God’s will regardless of the challenges that threaten to render us paralyzed with fear of uncertainty. We may not have an exact fix on what our promise land will look like, yet we know He is leading us. Our willingness to trust in His faithfulness is all that is really needed. His greatest hopes for all who suffer the isolation of despair will be part of our healing as well as we continue serving as His family.

I forever hold you in my prayers with deep gratitude,

Pastor Dale

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