Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

There Comes a Time…

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am drafting this devotional on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For the last dozen years give or take, I have missed the Marade in downtown Denver only twice. It is a rare spectacle of shared solidarity as 20,000 people plus march in memory of ML King Jr’s legacy.  Last year none of us participated as it was done virtually because of Covid. Today I am sitting it out because I have tested positive for Covid.  My symptoms are quite mild , and I am doing very well. Yet, I choose to participate in the guidelines of quarantine.

To join the masses in spirit I have chosen to read some of the texts authored by the heroes who have brought us this far. People whose shoulders we stand on, such as King and John Lewis.

“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take , and each generation must do it’s part to create an even more fair, more just society.” ~John Lewis from his 2017 memoir, “Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America”

“We have been too quiet for too long .There comes a time when you have to say something. You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet. This is the time.” –John Lewis at a 2016 House sit -in following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

See Luke 4:1-13 for strength in the face of temptation.

“I have a dream that my four little children will live one day in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  –Martin Luther King Jr August 28th, 1963, before a crowd of nearly 300,000 people on the Washington DC Mall.

Prayers: That we don’t fall to the temptation to do nothing in the face of racism.  That our children and grandchildren will be judged not by skin color but by the content of their character.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen