in memory of part deux

Taken from The Rev. Joseph Lowery at Coretta King’s funeral

“We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction
over there/But Coretta knew and we knew that there are
weapons of misdirection right down here/Millions
without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war
billions more but no more for the poor.”

There is a scripture verse that I love, from Micah that says “What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (from Micah 6:8). It seems to me that this may have been the life verse of those mentioned in my previous post. The characteristics of one who is great would include someone who works for, cares for and advocates for the one without a voice, the disenfranchised and lost. It would be someone who chooses humility over someone who needs their name to be in lights or the one who takes all of the credit for a job well done instead of acknowledging it was probably a group effort. It’s someone who believes in servant leadership instead of dominating every meeting, every conversation so they can be heard and recognized (be it positive or negative recognition).

There is a great prayer in the Book of Common Prayer that I just love. It goes a little something like this (in part)

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

So, here’s to you *clink* Coretta, Martin, Mom, Pat, Luna, Mike, Philip, and all the others present, past and still to come who will be a shining role model of loving kindness, justice and humility.