A Prayer for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

A Prayer for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The sages teach:

At the Sea of Reeds, Moses thrust out his staff; nothing happened.

Then Nachshon ben Aminadav of the tribe of Judah, in his courage and faith, stepped into the sea, the waves pushing him back. He stepped up to his knees, his waist, his neck. A small step and the water surged just below his nostrils, one more step to immerse entirely and, behold! The sea split and Nachshon led the people across to the other side.

There is in front of us a sea of injustice. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his faith and courage, marched into that sea. Unlike Nachson, Dr. King did not survive his righteous action. None-the-less, Dr. King pushed back the surging dark waters mightily and so blessed us all.

Chei Olamim, Life of All Worlds, help us to not be blind to the roiling waters of injustice and those being smothered by them. Strengthen us in our faith and our courage so that we might have the strength to step forward to do the right even though we do not know how deep the sea may be or if we will ever reach land again.

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