On this MLK Day, we celebrate the bending of the arc of the moral universe toward justice and we acknowledge the bending yet to come. In a lifetime, there has been significant progress in civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights, just to name just a few. It would be tempting to think that we are done, that the time for rest is here.
But we are not done, and rather than rest, the time for celebration is here… celebration, acknowledgement, and gratitude… for all that has come before and for all those who have given their lives, literally and figuratively, to the cause of justice and a better world.
And then… and then it is time to consider the work that lies ahead. For the work ahead will require, for many of us, some deep soul searching. It will ask us to explore deeply ingrained assumptions about ourselves, others, and our world. The time for reflection is here.
In recent years, the time between Martin Luther King Day and Valentine’s Day has been designated 30 Days of Love and has often involved acts of service and witness. This year, I would like to invite you to join me in 30 Days of Love and Reflection. Let us prepare to joyfully engage the continued bending of the moral arc of the universe, by preparing our hearts and minds.
Each morning, I will post a question or prompt for the day’s reflection. I invite you to consider it as you go about your day. You may wish to commit your thoughts to writing or you may simply hold them in your heart and mind. Later each day, I will post my reflections from the day.
My hope is that an extended period of daily mindfulness will open our minds and strengthen our hearts so that we can bring commitment and compassion to the cause of justice and a better world for all.
(I proposed this time of reflection in my MLK Sunday sermon, titled #BlackLivesMatter, which can be heard here.)