Posted on January 21, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
In the conclusion of the book God’s Politics, by Jim Wallis, he speaks about a young African American woman named Lisa Sullivan, who died suddenly of a rare heart condition at the age of 40. Lisa was a person of faith, who had a powerful call to leadership and responsibility and deep belief and affirmation of hope.
Wallis says that one thing that stuck with him about Lisa was how she would respond to people when they would complain that we don’t have any leaders today or would ask where the Martin Luther Kings are today. She would respond by saying, “We are the ones we have been waiting for!”
Wallis concludes his book by saying, “Lisa’s words are a commission…a calling the prophets knew and a lesson learned by every person of faith and conscience who has been used to build movements of spiritual and social change.” Wallis says, her words are, “a commission that can only be fulfilled by people who, because of faith and hope, believe that a world can be changed. And it is that very belief that changes the world.”
The Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. is located next to the National Mall. The stone statue of King is called The Stone of Hope. There are 14 quotes from King throughout the memorial, but the quotation that serves as the basis for the memorial says, “Out of the Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope.”
On this day that we remember the dream of peace and possibility and hope that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed was possible for all people, may we believe that with God’s help, we can be agents of change by being the ones we have been waiting for!