At the National Mall, visitors honor the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Entry to the monument is under the ‘Mountain of Despair.’ There the ‘Stone of Hope’ is revealed. Martin Luther King’s statue is carved within the ‘Stone of Hope’. Rising above the ground, Dr. King prominently stands in a place traditionally held for presidents.
Cherry blossoms fill the air around the memorial. Inspirational quotes adorn the 450-foot inscription wall memorializing the words of Dr. King. Visitors experience the memories of despair and hope.
Huffington Post Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush wrote an inspiring article memorializing Dr. King. Calling Reverend King ‘A Prophet of Progress’, Raushenbush honors one of most important religious and civil rights leader in history.
Raushenbush eloquently writes, “While the truth and the heaviness of the Mountain of Despair must affect us, it cannot paralyze us. The promise of Martin Luther King Jr. that we memorialize is that we are certain to pass through these monumental obstacles and again make progress toward Hope.”
Rev. King was a man of honor, a man of faith. He loved God. He stood for truth and freedom. He fought the good fight. If one man can make such radical change against hatred and live fearlessly for the rights of others, imagine what many can do? If it takes one man to fight injustice, imagine what would happen if people joined together in unity?
As the nation memorializes the man with a dream, there are so many lessons to learn from his ministry. One can study his life, memorize his quotes but until the heart is changed, there is no difference.
The way to face obstacles is to take a united front. Is it possible to be unified in faith, and love, to conquer the hatred and injustice of this world?
“Where is America heading,” Raushenbush asks, “to the Mountain of Despair or the Stone of Hope?”
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 13:44
The Huffington Post article encourages the reader. “May the stone monument that we built in King’s memory transform our stone hearts back to living flesh that beats justice, mercy and peace through our great country,” Raushenbush says. “As Americans, let us heed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call and welcome our prophet to guide our nation’s conscience.”
For Martin Luther King Jr. has said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
One day when all God’s children are united, the shouts will be heard across the mountains of despair. Ringing the ears with hope, filling the hearts with faith, then we’ll remember Dr. King’s words, “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”