I was very restless in my spirit yesterday. With my goddaughter, Angela Stanton King, "boots on the ground" in Minneapolis, Minnesota, COVID-19. Qualms are at critical mass. Personal family matters and that type of thing are weighing on my mind.
Yes, it was hard to pray — yet I did.
This morning as I spoke with Angela by telephone. The president's text about looting and shooting has surfaced. With my heart heavily grieved and moved by the cruel murder of George Floyd, who was a man of God, and other related events, an urgent cry arose in my heart.
Pray for an end to the looting and shooting. Please unite in prayer as one.
(Image created by and courtesy of Dr. Alveda C. King)
"And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'" – Acts 17:26-28 NKJV
I am saddened, yet remain undaunted that a quote of my uncle, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is being taken out of context:
"Violence is the language of the unheard." Prophet Martin Luther King Jr. MLK spoke those words in defense of non-violence; he refused to promote violence as a solution to the ills of society.
As we are in "the eye of the storm," the solution remains: Peace be still.
We are in a state of flux. This is especially true with respect to George Floyd, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., COVID-19, and the unborn aborted babies.
All of these issues now whirl around in one large chaotic storm. Peace be still.
Now more than ever, we must anchor with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have said, "When and where peripherals collide, convergence is imminent."
Today, as the multiple storms of our time converge, what can we do so that we are not so fearful; so that we do not panic — but pray, believe, and love?
We must unite as one nation and one human race in constant prayer.
As I write this message, I am joining a business empowerment round table discussion with Vice President Mike Pence, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretray Dr. Ben Carson, Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Unity Bank officials — and others. It's all very encouraging.
Thank God for promises made and promises kept. We must press on.
As we pray, as we thank God, as we see all of the progress we are making together in America, we will get through this. Pray for America.
(Image courtesy of Dr. Alveda C. King, used with express permission of Angela Stanton King)
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read Dr. Alveda C. King's Reports — More Here.
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