Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:52 PM

One Preacher's Hope

Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:52 PM
Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:52 PM

We just had the privilege to celebrate another Easter Sunday together.  May the hope of Easter find its permanent place in each of our hearts as we continue to live in a world that finds it very difficult to rise above those issues that “threaten to undo us.”  

As I come down from my Easter high this year I am reminded of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words which, for me, capture the hope embodied in our risen Lord!  His words:  

“Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that.  Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.  Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.  Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”

“I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction.  I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

“I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land.  ‘And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.’  I still believe that we shall overcome.”

One preacher’s hope thoroughly based, I believe, on the Easter hope that had a permanent home in his heart and mind.  May it be so with you and me.  

    – Doug Fairbanks

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