Martin Luther King

On a recent conference trip to Atlanta, I had the opportunity to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Born in 1929, Dr. King achieved his PhD at the age of 29 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and his life was tragically shortened when he was assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist in the American civil rights movement and a strong advocate against racial injustices where Negro Americans were still discriminated with segregation, economic disadvantage and unspeakable horrors of police brutality. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the march to Washington and his famous ‘I have a dream…..’ speech. In part it says:

‘Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality – 1963 is not an end but a beginning…’ 

And indeed what a beginning it was that even in his wildest dreams, Dr. King would not have imagined that in less than 50 years, in his life time, if he was alive, that in January 2009, a black American would be sworn in as its 44th President.

What is your summer of discontent? How can we individually and as a church have a vision for God’s kingdom?

As I reflect on the great achievements of this one man with his incredible vision and faith in God, I recall the song that we often sing at Northside…’Open up my eyes to the things unseen, show me how to love like You have loved me, break my heart from what breaks Yours, everything I am for Your kingdom’s cause, as I walk from earth into eternity….

I am so grateful to have the privilege to give into the work of Northside, to give into our shared vision by building our community to serve the community. What gifts can you bring to this vision?

Patricia Chan

General Manager, Operations