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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – 15 January 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

For thousands of years the human race has created monsters and martyrs. Instead of listening and making positive changes they give “prospective martyrs” – anyone with the guts to lift humanity up a rung – a hard time and finally solve the perceived “problem” by killing them off – the job delegated to those who aspire to “monsterdom.”

Once rid of these bothersome “do-gooders” people can then begin their hypocritical eulogizing and honoring of the latest enlistee in the ranks of martyrdom. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn’t the first and he won’t be the last one to suffer that fate.

Rightly did Jesus say: (Luke 13:34-35)

34 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!

35 "Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' "
~ New American Standard Bible

The world rarely listens to, or honors, the true peacemakers of God while they are alive. Don’t you think it’s time that we begin to do so?

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. requires a lot more than having a holiday named after him. It requires us to be the peacemaking children of God that Jesus commanded us to be for the whole of creation: our fellow human beings, the other animals, and the environment in which we all live.

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