"I want to live the dream......"
SS Health & Rehab Marks
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday,
by: Bobby McDonald
Mary Grant, Administrator at SS Health & Rehab, welcomes guest to Monday
morning's MLK Tribute.
From young to old.....all agreed to wanting to live Dr. Martin Luther King's dream of peace and harmony in this world, as Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab Center marked the occasion of Dr. King's birthday, at a Monday morning tribute. "I grew up in the 1960's," reflected Mary Grant, Administrator of SS Health & Rehab, as she welcomed guests. "I am a product of that era and remember the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager, as I heard Dr. King reflect on a 'peaceful protest' for equality."
Grant's welcome was followed by a musical selection by 2010 Ms. Hopkins County, Stella Bagley, who was accompanied by Billye Lewis on the piano.
First speaker of the day was District Judge Eddie Northcutt, as he "painted" a picture of Dr. King's life and times in the 1960's. He read from Dr. King's "A Letter from the Birmingham Jail," that he told the audience was addressed to spiritual leaders, who didn't think the time was right to protest. "Dr. King would be 84 years old today," expressed Northcutt. "Had he not been assassinated by a gunman, in Memphis, Tennessee, at the young age of 38 years old. Dr. King had exceptional wisdom and vision for a 38 year old man and we must follow his lead in pursuit of a better world!"
Pastor C.J. Duffey was the second speaker of the morning, and spoke of the spiritual side of Dr. King. "Dr. King knew that love was redemptive, because he understood that God commanded us to love our enemies," expressed Pastor Duffey. "Love may make them hate you more, at first, but love them anyway. Continue to love them and eventually love will break them down, because God says it will in his word!"
"Dr. King's message should be manifested in us today, to continue to improve our world around us, regardless of the situation!" continued Duffey. "Now, we must desegregate the church. For too long we've all gone to segregated churches, simply because of tradition, but it's time for us to desegregate our churches, if we truly worship one God and believe in the equality of everyone! Dr. King was serving God, so he went above the natural. If we're going to truly serve God, we've got to go above the natural and act like the children of God that we are called to be!"
Stella Bagley and Billye Lewis then presented "I Love the Lord" as beautiful message of hope and promise in God's word.
Pastor C.J. Duffey ended the program with a prayer of thanksgiving and fulfillment.
Love is the answer!!!