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Quiet Love

 

Thousands came to Washington DC yesterday to celebrate the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Bernice King, daughter of the slain civil rights leader, reminded the assembled throng that neither a hurricane nor an earthquake could stop the dedication. It had simply delayed it for a month.

 

One of my favorite descriptions of God’s voice is in the ancient book of 1 Kings.

 

“ The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’

 

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

 

A gentle whisper.

 

The gentle whisper of God, spoken through Dr. King, was love.

 

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, December 10, 1964

 

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