Harmony, not hate and ‘darkness’ (M.L. King)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
Strength To Love speech, 1963

 5332424980_cfecb39780Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson & Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)


You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:43-45a (NASB)


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Signing of Civil Rights Act (7/2/64):  U.S. Embassy New Delhi/flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

 

Justice: Open Mind, Open Heart Required

“History can’t be a sword to justify injustice or a shield against progress. It must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, how to break the cycle, a roadway toward a better world . . . the path of grace involves an open mind. But more importantly, an open heart“.   President Barack Obama (June 26, 2015)

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While spoken on the sad occasion of the funeral of a minister (Rev. Clementa Pinckney) who was killed along with eight others in a mass shooting in his Charleston, SC church, the words seem to fit the tragic shootings in Dallas, Minnesota, and Louisiana this week.

  • Two Black men and five police officers were killed.   We surely need a ‘roadway toward a better world’ in America.

Rest in Peace:

Alton Sterling

Philando Castile

Brent Thompson

Patrick Zamarripa

Michael Krol

Lorne Ahrens

Michael Smith


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‘Strength to Love’ (Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968)
Strength To Love speech, 1963

(August 11, 1963, exactly 5 weeks before the Sunday Sept. 15th Birmingham Church bombing – which killed 4 Black girls)

 5332424980_cfecb39780President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)

 


  • In light of the events of the past ten days, sparked by the death of the ‘Mother Emanuel 9’ (including Clem Pinckney) at the hands of a racially-violent shooter, the words of King -a Minister/Martyr like Rev. Pinckney- came to mind.

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


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Signing of Civil Rights Act (7/2/64):  U.S. Embassy New Delhi/flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

 

Always Be Thankful

  • No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

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“When life’s problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate.
—Ann Landers

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Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

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Change Your World, Keep Moving Forward (King/Peale)

“If you can’t fly, then run.   If you can’t run, then walk. 

If you can’t walk, then crawl.  But whatever you do,

you have to keep moving forward.”

~ Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

iStock_000027630618Medium_manstretchingNYC“Change your thoughts and you change your world”.

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale


Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

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