Dear Racers,

Jeremiah challenged us to run with the horses. “If you have raced with foot runners and they have wearied you, how will you run with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5) A prophet reflects back to us where we are, and challenges us to do what we “may not” want to do, so that we might become fully who God created us to be. In the painful process of following the prophetic word, we depart from the empty scenarios of the world's definition of success and enter the life giving ways of the kingdom of God.

The prophet of the modern era who stands out as one who ”ran with the horses” and whose legacy still challenges us to do likewise is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walking yesterday in the Marade with eight of my Gods Grace Community sisters and brothers and the 20,000 others, stirred the hope of the prophet within our hearts.

An excerpt from “The Kings Center.”  “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. The movements and marches he led brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. This devotion gave direction to thirteen years of civil rights activities. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.

Dr. King’s concept of “somebodiness,”  which symbolized the celebration of human worth and conquest of subjugation, gave black and poor people hope and a sense of dignity. His philosophy of nonviolent direct action, and his strategies for rational and non-destructive social change, galvanized the conscience of this nation and reordered priorities. His wisdom , his words, his actions, his commitment, and his dream for a new way of life are intertwined with the American experience.”

King's description of greatness:

“Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness.
If you want to be important, wonderful.
If you want to be recognized, wonderful.
If you want to be great, wonderful. But recognize that he (or she) who is greatest among you, shall be your servant.

That is your new definition of greatness. And the thing that I like about it, by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great. Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.  You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve.  You don’t have to know the second theory of thermo dynamics to serve. You only have to have a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be a servant.”

Come dear racers. Let us serve the world together, that we might along with Jeremiah and Martin Luther King Jr. , “…run with the horses…”


Pastor David J. Jensen

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