Thoughts From Toby

From a young age, I remember being inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we earned about him in history class. Dr. King, of course, was a tremendous leader during the Civil Rights Movement, and our nation rightly celebrates his influence each year. It was not until I was an adult, however, that I learned that Dr. King was also a minister (I’m not sure if I just missed that part in history class or if it was not mentioned). It seems obvious now, but I grew up unaware of the profound influence his faith had upon his work for justice and reconciliation. Toward the beginning of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963, Dr. King proclaims, now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” And while this nation in which we live has made strides toward that goal, we recognize there is still work to do. May we, as the people of God, allow our faith to drive us toward that pursuit. Now is the time.