Jan 20 2021

Celebrating a prophet of peace

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from Senior Writer/Editor Larry Livingston.

In his 1967 book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”

Dr. King understood the illogic of violence and he worked tirelessly to counteract it by modeling peace. But he also knew that peace doesn’t just happen. It’s a byproduct of justice. When the God-given dignity of each person is honored, relationships are restored and made right.

The Unbound community honors Dr. King and all those who inspire us to be a tranquil presence in the lives of individuals and families working to raise themselves up from poverty. Like him, we are committed to driving out darkness with light and the violence of injustice by uplifting human dignity.

Please pray

God of light, help us carry your healing mercy into the darkest corners of our world. May we be agents of peace and messengers of hope, and may the warmth of our love be a source of comfort for all who need us. On this day when we honor Martin Luther King Jr., we thank you for the gift of prophets and ask that we may have the wisdom to recognize them when they cross our path. We ask this in your most holy name. Amen.

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