Waters 6/13

June 15th, 2012
Wall at Civil Rights Memorial

Quote from Martin Luther King, Jr

This day was filled with images of water from the gentle fountains in Montgomery to the water canons in Birmingham. While the travel schedule is somewhat physically tiring, it is emotionally very tiring. I feel buffeted by waves of emotions. We are only about half way through the trip by my emotions have run the full gammitt. Shock at the violence used against peaceful protestors. Admiration for the courage of Rosa Parks and others. Anger at those who use the name of Christ to justify their hatred. Resolve. Sorrow. Appreciation. Hope.

After seeing the quote from Amos that Dr King referred to in his I have a dream speech I went back and read  Amos Chapter 5. Amos 5:24 “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. ” The parallels between Israel at the time of Amos and the US must have been evident to him. Irael was prospering in many ways, but according to the prophet, neglecting and oppressing the poor. I can’t help thinking we are fighting some of these battles still…

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