For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Beloved, the fierce urgency of now calls us, propels us forward, wears us down and demands yet more. The unmet promises of equality and opportunity hurt and ask us to keep reaching, to keep organizing, to keep pressing for the changes necessary - in ourselves, in our communities, in our laws, in our workplaces, in our whole world -- to fulfill the high aspirations and great promises and vast hopes that we sing our hearts into dancing with the joy of freedom and the love of one another. Beloved, let us not be turned around by fear and hatred, by how long it takes and the need of every generation to ensure equality in law and practice, to honor and make room for one another's gifts, to grant each other dignity and to dignify this world with the collective wisdom of so many different peoples. Beloved, the fierce urgency of now still calls us, to remake unjust systems into mercifully just ones, to offer one another real redemption and reformation so that when we make mistakes or are targeted by unjust laws, we may recover and still be a fruitful and valued member of society. Beloved, let us not be turned around by the enormity of the challenge that belongs to each generation, to create together a more loving and more just world than we inhabit today, a more peaceful one and one where our tremendous creativity is turned to easing suffering and tending the planet and caring for one another generously, affectionately, and joyfully. Beloved, the fierce urgency of now call us. May we be courageous and steadfastly loving as we answer. Amen.