I HAVE A DREAM. . .
Fifty-five years ago Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. They were moving words then and even today still stir our hearts. Words like this—
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a
stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling
discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With
this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle
together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together,
knowing that we will be free one day.
Monday will be Martin Luther King day, a national holiday. It is the only national holiday that has been designated as a day of service. It is to be a day on, not a day off. Tarrant Churches Together sponsors the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Volunteers will be working at 25 sites around our city. It will be a picture of sisterhood and brotherhood as we reach out together—black, white, old, young, democrats, republicans--to serve the elderly, the homeless, at-risk youth, children in need, prisoners re-entering society after serving their sentences, families living below the poverty line, people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.
At one MLK Day a woman shared that she had volunteered cleaning at the YWCA Childcare Center. It was significant because years ago when she was in need, her children were cared for there and now she had the opportunity to give back to the facility that had nurtured her child. I think Martin Luther King would be proud of those who give of their time in service to honor his dream.
Those who give of their time on this special day are reminded that none of us is truly free until all God’s children are free. In the culture of negativity in which we live it is important that we resolve to make every day an opportunity to give ourselves in service to others by treating everyone we encounter with respect, offering God’s love and grace-it is a way to make hope out of despair, a way to transform our nation—then we will know that Dr. King’s dream has become a reality. May it be so.
Watch for details about our Lenten Study.
School Supplies for Our Neighborhood School
We collected school supplies for De Zavala, our neighborhood School during the month of November: A number of you made donations and we will buy the supplies and deliver them to De Zavala. Bobby and Nick have graciously agreed to do a concert and the entry fee will be school supplies for all our schools. Watch for details about the date and location.
Bread Ministries and Missions
We will pack lunches, once again, for the Tarrant Churches Together Rodeo Chuck Wagon. Many day laborers work at the stock show—if they purchase a lunch they use much of their hard-earned money. Several years ago TCT started providing a sack lunch for each worker so they don’t have to spend any money on lunch. We will be packing the lunches the last Sunday of January. TCT provides some of the supplies and we purchase the rest. Watch for the list of items we need to provide.
On Martin Luther King Day we have an opportunity to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Instead of taking a day “off” we can give back to our community by giving of our time and energy to help others. You can go on the Tarrant Churches Together website to sign up to serve at one of the community service sites. The day begins with worship at Baker Chapel AME Church and culminates as everyone gathers for lunch at Broadway Baptist Church.