Monday, January 19, 2015

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer

Gracious God, you create us and love us; you make us to live together in a community. We thank you for Martin Luther King, Jr. and all your children who have been filled with your vision for our lives and who have worked to make bring your vision into reality. Fill us with your vision. Guide us to live by your vision, working to build the beloved community where everyone is welcomed, all are valued, power is shared, privilege is no more, and all your children know wholeness and well-being. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

The Prayers of Martin Luther King Jr.

In the National Catholic Reporter, John Dear contributed the following:

"Recently, I came across a new collection of prayers by Martin Luther King Jr., Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits (edited by Lewis V. Baldwin, Beacon Press, 2012). For his birthday today, I thought I'd offer here a sample of those prayers to encourage us on our journey so we might be, like Dr. King, people of prayer, peace, justice and nonviolence."

Some of the prayers are posted below. To see more, follow the link.


Freedom, Freedom, Let it Ring (MLK song for Children)

Lyrics by Jackie Woodson; sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Freedom, Freedom, let it ring,

Let it ring, said Dr. King

Let it ring from North to South

Let it ring from house to house

Let it ring fort everyone

All arcross the nation.

Let it ring for black and white,

Let it ring both day and night

Let it ring for young and old,

Forever may it songsring bold

Freedom, freedom, let it ring,

Let it ring, said Dr King.