As the year rolls over to 2012, I think we all look with a mixture of hope and apprehension at the year that is unfolding. In keeping with that mood and with great affection for America, the land that I love, I whisper prayers tonight for her well being and healing from the wounds of war and division that have been with us throughout this past decade.
Here are a few famous quotes that make me think of all that is good and noble about America.
“Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens,
when we allow freedom to ring,
when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet,
from every state and every city,
we will be able to speed up that day when
all of God's children, black men and white men,
Jews and Gentiles,
Protestants and Catholics,
will be able to join hands
and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
"Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty,
We are free at last.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I Have a Dream Speech, August 28, 1963