“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
- Amos 5:24
In the year 1963 I was yet to be a thought. (But I have to mention that it would become the year of my favorite car, the great Ford Falcon!) It was two years later that I would begin my life at the Community Hospital in downtown Martinez. I would not become aware for some time that 1963 marked a year and era of great tension in our country. I would be raised in the predominately white town of Martinez and it was certainly many years before I was even aware of things like racial tension – but as I worked my way though the school system and on to high school, I began to notice.
1963 is the year of Dr. Martin Luther King’s great “I Have a Dream” speech. It is this coming Monday that we take a day to remember the work of this great man of peace and reconciliation. A small part of his speech comes from the Bible’s book of Amos where he says that we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like a river and righteousness like a mighty stream.” In Sunday’s message we will consider own role in justice, righteousness and reconciliation.