Friday, January 16, 2009

MLK Unity Prayer Breakfast

On yesterday morning, 7:30am, some 1,000 of us pastors, business leaders, police and fire responders, school officials, and citizens joined together in a prayer breakfast for MLK's birthday celebration. Anyone my age and older remembers the events of the sixties and civil rights. I remember as a boy asking my mother, who worked at the courthouse,why it was that there were two water fountains and two restrooms, one for whites and one labelled "colored..." My mother responded with: "It's stupid." She meant it and it stayed with me.

As we watched the events, marches, etc, on television my mother would say: "It should have happened sooner..." I watched and listened as Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I have a Dream" speech. It was compelling and deeply moving to me. (watch it at the following link:

Now, many years later in Spartanburg, SC, we were there, people of all colors, nationalities, diversity at its best. It was a dream fulfilled. The Mayor gave a very moving speech himself about our working together for the betterment of our city and world. I am grateful to our mayor for his leadership in the midst of our differences. He reaches out across the proud lines of separation.

And, while we are not yet all that we would want to be. As a Christian pastor, I know that this is not yet the Kingdom of God, but I also know that this is moving in the right direction. This is an image of what God wants for us.

Other events to symbolize unity in community will be celebrated over the next few days. Our prayer is that all wars may cease, violence may diminish, and love may grow. In the name of the Prince of Peace, we make our prayer.

Dave Nichols

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