For Martin Luther King Day

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The Rev. Dr. King’s favorite song was Take My Hand, Precious Lord. His last words included a request that the song be added to the program of an event scheduled for the night of his death. Mahalia Jackson sang it for him at his funeral, as she had sung it for him so often during his life.

Today we remember Martin Luther King, and remember before all else that his message was one of Christian love. In his final speech, the famous “mountaintop” speech, he told a bible story, the story of the good Samaritan. You remember it…while others passed by a man in need, helpless at the side of the road, the Samaritan, a stranger in town, stopped to give aid. As Rev. King told the story, those who passed asked, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” The Samaritan had a different point of view: “If I don’t stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

If we don’t stop to help each other, what will happen to us? Look around and see.

Here’s Aretha Franklin with a live version of Precious Lord. Please enjoy.

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