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A Word from President Mast; Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.


This is the 28th annual celebration of the King Federal Holiday. Since its inauguration in 1986, I have returned each year to a book of sermons by Dr. King entitled Strength to Love and read a number of them. I share with you the concluding paragraph of the first sermon, A tough mind and a tender heart:

At times we need to know that the Lord is a God of justice. When slumbering giants of injustice emerge in the earth, we need to know that there is a God of power who can cut them down like the grass and leave them withering like the green herb. When our most tireless efforts fail to stop the surging sweep of oppression, we need to know that in this universe is a God whose matchless strength is a fit contrast to the sordid weakness of man. But there are also times when we need to know that God possesses love and mercy. When we are staggered by the chilly winds of adversity and battered by the raging storms of disappointment and when through our folly and sin we stray into some destructive far country and are frustrated because of a strange feeling of homesickness, we need to know that there is Someone who loves us, cares for us, understands us, and will give us another chance. When days grow dark and nights grow dreary, we can be thankful that our God combines in his nature a creative synthesis of love and justice which will lead us through life's darkest valleys and into sunlit pathways of hope and fulfillment.




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