It was April 3, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr rose to speak to people assembled at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.
It would be his last speech. The next day the assassin's bullet would quiet his voice, but not his movement. I offer this portion of that speech (click here for the full text) in honor and memory of a man, not perfect, but who lived out the message he preached:
King began his speech by saying, "If I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, 'Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in? . . . Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, 'If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the 20th century, I will be happy.'"
God does not allow us to revisit the past, nor has he given us the future, but he has given us today. May God grant you his power and the tenacity of Martin Luther King Jr to make the most of this day and these times for his glory and the good of others.