I Still Believe [An Excerpt] |Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

30 Day Poetry/Prose Challenge |Day 11

“I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”

“…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. “And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.” I still believe that We Shall overcome!”

-An excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964

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30 Day Writing Challenge |Day 3

I can’t tell you why her blessing meant so much to me.

Hearing those words; it’s as though I were under an afternoon shower in the very midst of driest summer. I just stood there – eyes closed, head down, holding the phone to my ear as I soaked in the warmth of her blessing. For a short while after the call… I cried.

Tears streamed down and it dawned on me just how much in need of heaven’s favour I was.

More than money.” I said.

I desperately need your blessing more than anything.

My material mind reels in incredulity now that I think about it. But it’s true. More than anything else this world felt it had to offer.

I don’t know why. She was a veritable stranger. How can I explain it other than somehow it wasn’t enough that I ask, it was good that others too asked on my behalf. The thought of another’s voice carrying up the same request to the skies… it strengthened.

30 Day Book Challenge |29

A book that everyone hated, but that you liked.

– Again, not a book but a genre. Christian books; not inspirational, not motivational. Christian.  I rarely come across people who read and genuinely enjoy non-fiction Christian literature.

Honestly it would never have occurred to me to read them either if a friend had not only recommended but also handed me a copy. So I suppose it’s not so much a case of hate as it is unaware.

Cue time for me to pay it forward?