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Justice. Freedom. Courage. Change: Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Justice. Freedom. Courage. Change: Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Crystal January 20, 2014 0 comments

Today we nationally and globally celebrate the life, values, and principles of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I am grateful for the vision and leadership he had, and for the justice and freedom he pursued. In a time when hatred, segregation, and racism flooded the culture, there were people who stood for a cause in face of challenge and even death. I am thankful for Rosa Parks, who along with King stood for what she believed was right.


On Friday I was asked to give the invocation for one of our services here at the hospital. This was the invocation I gave, a prayer once prayed by Rev. Dr. King.
Martin Luther King Jr. once prayed, “Eternal God, out of whose

mind this great cosmic universe, we bless you.

Help us to seek that which is high, noble and good.

Help us in the moment of difficult decision.

Help us to work with renewed vigor for a warless world, a better distribution

of wealth, and a brother/sisterhood that transcends race or color…

God, give us strength of body to keep walking for freedom.”

As we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Holy One let us walk with justice, mercy, peace, humility,

courage, love, and unity. Let us still embrace the dream.


My hope is that women and men will look at the life of King in the reflection of Jesus Christ, and will continue to embrace the dream for freedom. We still need justice. We still need freedom. We still need courage. As we continue to fight for social justice, let us be reminded of the needs of women all around the world. There are still many injustices, and by the grace of God we need to open our eyes and stand with courage, strength, and dedication. We need to be committed to bringing justice for all. For women who are raped, sold into slavery, are coerced into prostitution, live in extreme poverty, are put down because of their sex and gender, and women who are not considered equal to men: We Need Freedom. We Need Justice. We Need Change. We Need Courage.

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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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