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In his very last speech, given in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, on April 3, 1968, the day be­fore he was as­sas­si­nated, Martin Luther King imag­ined God ask­ing him what era he would like to live in. He goes on to sur­vey all of hu­man his­tory, start­ing with Moses lead­ing the Is­raelites out of slav­ery, goes through Greece and Rome, the Re­nais­sance and Re­for­ma­tion, the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion, and fi­nally the very trou­bled times he lived in, when his coun­try was full of ha­tred, in­jus­tice, and fear. Here is his re­ply:

“Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, ‘If you al­low me to live just a few years in the sec­ond half of the 20th cen­tury, I will be happy.’

“Now that’s a strange state­ment to make, be­cause the world is all messed up. The na­tion is sick. Trou­ble is in the land; con­fu­sion all around. … But I know, some­how, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God work­ing in this pe­riod. … We’ve got some dif­fi­cult days ahead. But it re­ally doesn’t mat­ter with me now, be­cause I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. … I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a peo­ple, will get to the promised land!”

1 Martin Luther King be­lieved that no mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances were, or what dif­fi­cul­ties, set­backs, pain, and an­guish he ex­pe­ri­enced, God was in con­trol. His op­ti­mism wasn’t based only on his be­lief that his cause was right and would pre­vail, but mainly on his be­lief that God was right and would pre­vail.

In our lives as well, what­ever this new year will bring, we can de­pend on the same cer­tainty. “Be brave and strong! … The Lord your God will al­ways be at your side, and he will never aban­don you.”

2 God bless you with a won­der­ful new year filled with His love and care! Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor 1. Quotes taken from http://www.amer­i­can­rhetoric.com

/speeches/mlkive­been­tothe­moun­tain­top.htm 2. Deuteron­omy 31:6 CEV

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