This Sunday we are going to explore a familiar calling story from the Gospels. It is the story of Jesus calling his first disciples from the shore of the Galilee. As we approach Monday’s holiday in honor of the legacy of Dr. King, I am mindful of a calling story of sorts that happened on a night in 1956 when King was beginning to lead the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. He was 27 years old.
Outwardly, King was the picture of a leader dedicated to a movement, but privately he was feeling tired, fearful and worn. It was late and the phone rang, King picked up the phone. The person on the other end told him that if he did not quit – they would kill him and blow up his house. King hung up the phone and sat at the table. His wife and baby daughter slept in the other room. He was terrified.
Here is what King says:
“I was ready to give up. With my cup of coffee sitting untouched before me, I tried to think of a way to move out of the picture without appearing a coward. In this state of exhaustion, when my courage had all but gone, I decided to take my problem to God. With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud.
The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory. “I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I’ve come to the point where I can’t face it alone.”
At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced God before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying: “Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.” Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything.”
Friends, I am grateful for the calling God placed in his life and the courage Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had to answer!
See you Sunday! Peace, Kara
Happenings on Our Horizon
Mark your reservation this Sunday for the next XYZ (Senior Fellowship) luncheon and event on January 23rd in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30. The Program will be presented by former mayor of Madisonville, Charlotte Baldwin.
Volunteers needed for the Hospitality Table. There is a sign up board by the table. The Hospitality Table is a welcome place for people to get refreshments as they come to Church. For questions about volunteering, contact Tim Clark.
Don’t forget you can support an important winter ministry being hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Madisonville. Find more info here: https://www.newfpc.com/