Today, as our nation remembers the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am sitting in my study reflecting on our ordination service yesterday and the sermon. It is encouraging to me to see how God can take the most “unlikely” individuals and use them for a greater purpose. These unlikely “leaders” have very little in common: some are humble, some are very prideful, some are well educated, some have good common sense, some are blessed with wisdom and others simply have knowledge. God uses people of all races and both sexes, people who come from all walks of life, and with God’s help, they do remarkable things.
Today we remember Dr. King, but think of all the un-named and unknown individuals who worked hard for years in seeking justice and equality for African Americans in this country.
The same is true in the church. We remember and honor those who lead but sometimes we forget about the contributions made by “followers.” That is certainly true in the church and in ministry. One of the things I really appreciate about our reformed tradition is our emphasis on community and our efforts to include everyone in the life and ministry of our church family.
So today, as we remember this one great leader who literally changed the character of our nation, let us give thanks that God in God’s wisdom uses the most “unlikely leaders” to carry out God’s purposes.
Enjoy your holiday!
“Then I heard the voice of the lord saying, ‘whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I , send me!'”