Happy ice/snow/MLK day!! It's been a lng weekend for me as I've been at a reunion of some college friends in Dallas, and today we drove back to Oklahoma City where I'm staying with some friends. The weather has been difficult, the ice storm even hitting as far south as Dallas causing many travel problems for those of us flying in from other parts of the country. Still it was a good weekend and everyone appears to have made it where they needed to go, at least for now. Driving up to OKC from Dallas, the ice turned to slush and there's actually an inch or two of snow under the ice in OKC. If it wasn't already a holiday, I'm sure that schools would have been off for a snow day today. Which caused me to stop and wonder for a moment, what do people do with MLK day??? Is it a day where you do something special?? Do you use it to catch up on things around the house or to run errands? Do you go shopping at the latest sales and maybe use some of those Christmas gift cards?
There's a United Methodist Bishop, Woodie White, who always write a letter to Martin Luther King, Jr. for his birthday. This is the link to this year's letter, which I think is definitely worth a read - it's my annual MLK day activity to read this letter, and if possible, I like to read or watch the "I Have a Dream" speech. There's actually a link to it on this webpage with Bishop White's letter. :) MLK was a great man with great vision and spiritual grounding - someone whose voice we could desperately use today. Where are the voices of faith to help people change this country and this world for the better?? Are they out there and we just can't hear them?? Or, are they like MLK, lost in the past and deemed "dated" or "irrelevant"? Do we know what to do with them? I didn't realize this until I was reading things on line today, but MLK day was only established as a holiday (and day of service) in 1994. I graduated from high school in 1993, and I remember there being a MLK day but maybe it was just a mention of his birthday and a little education on what he did and what happened to him. I can't remember, which is sad cause I'm not THAT old! Anyway, I hope that kids are still learning about Martin and get to hear his speeches and feel as inspired by them as I do. And I hope that you have taken at least this time to remember him and feel a little inspired or moved and have done something good with this day. Happy Birthday, Martin Juther King, Jr. (on January 15th)!!