While the Episcopal Church promotes the sainthood of all believers, there are individuals who stand out in their prophetic witness that calls us to action. This weekend as our nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day, we are reminded as people of faith, to be people of non-violent action that brings about change. We have been blessed by the work and life of Martin Luther King, Jr and are reminded that (in his words) “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” We are called to be witnesses to the light as we fight against injustice in all that we do.
“O God, make us willing to do your will, come what may. Increase the number of persons of good will and moral sensitivity. Give us renewed confidence in nonviolence and the way of love as taught by Christ. Amen. ” (Adapted from “Thou, Dear God”: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits, The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.