“Faith in the dawn …”

Faith in the dawn arises from the faith that God is good and just. When one believes this, he knows that the contradictions of life are neither final nor ultimate. He can walk through the dark night with the radiant conviction that all things work together for good for those that love God. Even the most starless midnight may herald the dawn of some great fulfillment.

Martin Luther King, Jr. “A Knock at Midnight” June 11, 1967, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio

I notice he says “walk through the dark night,” though, not “sleep” … Significant? A commentary on what it means to “celebrate” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, really? That seems likely.

red line embellished

Image: “Midnattsol i Tromsø” Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Revised; originally published January 18, 2021

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