Mountain Top

…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies….  When Martin Luther King, Jr gave his “Mountain Top” some say it’s message was prophetic.  Perhaps there is some prophecy, but I also hear hope, encouragement and a sense of peace as well. It’s the peace that comes after the challenge of a long journey. From his first movement in Montgomery 1955, to his last ending in Memphis, 1968, King Jr. could see that much had changed across the nation in those 13 years, but not before many had died. He himself had changed but not before realizing that “only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”  As dark as those times were, the nation was responding in ways it hadn’t responded before King took on the challenge to climb that mountain called injustice and segregation to name a few. When he reached his top, his message was to give us hope and encouragement. God gives us the privilege to go up the mountain. We only have to be willing to take the climb.

John 12:24-32

A Good Faith Shout Out!

“Lord, let me see again.”  Luke 18:31-43 This request by a blind man on the side of the road apparently indicates that at one time he had sight. These days being physically blind doesn’t necessarily lead to begging alone on the side of the road. Yet to lose sight of the spirit can leave you feeling like a first century blind beggar. We walk around wondering which way to go. In those times we must strive to hear the voice of our Lord so that even though we have yet to “see” at least we know that we are moving in the right direction. Ignore the voices of anyone who would rather you remain “blind”. Ignore the voices of anyone who knowingly or unknowingly want to keep you from moving forward. Ignore the voices of anyone who would prefer you keep quiet and give God that faith filled shout out. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Look at what is before your eyes. If you are confident that you belong to Christ, remind yourself of this… (2 Corinthians 10:1-18). Because Christ longs to hear our cry he will hear us, and call us to himself. We must hold to who we are in Christ and our “sight” will be regained. Then, we will see clearly once again.

Psalm 56

My vows to you I must perform, O God;
   I will render thank-offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
   and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
   in the light of life.