Ethics & Christian living

‘I just want to do God’s will’ – Martin Luther King’s final speech

Every day around 100 homeless people come to the day centre run by the West London Mission for a hot breakfast, showers, clothing or to see our in-house doctor or nurse.

Every Tuesday a Spirituality Discussion group takes place in the TV room led by our Chaplain.  I love it when I am invited to come to the group and participate in the discussions because they are always lively, raw and honest.  Discussing the deep questions of life and faith with homeless people has been a richly rewarding experience.

This week, the group asked me to lead a discussion on the life of Martin Luther King. Of everything shared, the most impact came from watching a clip of his final speech, made to striking sanitation workers on April 3rd 1968 in Memphis.

Some people believe that MLK had some form of premonition of his impending death:

“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.”

The next day, Martin Luther King was shot dead.  He was 39 years old.

Do you have 3 minutes to spare? Then watch this:

See R&R’s review of the film ‘Selma’ which is on general release in the UK next week.

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