MLK MonumentSometimes we think of the week after Easter as the time for a large, collective exhale, a time to rest and regroup and retrieve our equilibrium after the intense busy-ness of Lent and Holy Week and Easter. And what have our bloggers been thinking about this week? A number of bloggers, and many more RevGals, have had their attention drawn to the 50th anniversary of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr and to the ACT to End Racism rally. Here is a sampling of what’s on their minds and in their blogs this week.

“When I hear the voices today calling us to remember and work for change, the word I hear for myself is LISTEN. Listen to the voices calling for recognition and change. Listen to the people of color standing at pulpits and podiums and PTA meetings and community center tables and City Council meetings who are saying: We have work to do.Erin Robinson Hall, in her blog of the same name, shares some of the voices that have claimed her attention and invites us to think about our own listening.

“Rodney Phillips was my friend. On the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King I feel compelled to say that.  I can’t get it out of my mind and I have a feeling I won’t rest until I tell the world that simple fact.  So there I ‘ve said it and now in 2018 through the miracle of the internet I’ve said it to a lot more people than I was able to say it to at the bus stop in 1965–the time I should have said it.  When it would have mattered.” Jane Els at Jane’s Journey is reminded of an occasion when she missed an opportunity to speak up.

“The world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. That’s a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period.” Julia Walsh at Messy Jesus Business is using this anniversary to focus on the Easter invitation in “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” King’s speech on the night before his murder.

“The day after his murder, Mrs. King continued the march with sanitation workers in Memphis.  The. Day. After. Her. Husband. Was. Killed. This is a person who totally got it:  instead of being paralyzed with grief – even the deep grief of losing her partner and the father of her children –  she kept the movement going. Some things are bigger than we are.  Bigger than our own emotions.  Bigger than our own families.” Jan Edmiston in A Church for Starving Artists recalls not only the legacy of Dr. King but also the work of his spouse and partner Coretta King.

“Strengthen us to work for economic justice, O God, remembering the 47 million of our fellow citizens who live below the poverty line, fifty years after Dr. King’s death.” Scoop in Be Thou My Vision offers a prayer for the day and for those who continue to do the work that King advocated.

You can find a collection of blogs by RevGals and Pals by clicking on the box labeled “Our RevGals Blogging Community.” There are over 100 new posts just this week; take a look at a sampling of them to be inspired, enlightened, and sometimes amused. Be sure to Like or leave a comment when you visit a blog, so the writer will know that you have been there.

(Photo credit: Libby Howe, 2018)

Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota and currently serving in interim ministry. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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