In honor to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, our brilliant (and thoughtful) managing editor Joannah Sadler suggested that we share a gift with our readers. In Issue 8.2 of Conversations Journal, Ruth Haley Barton of the Transforming Center wrote a moving piece on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life of contemplation and action. Below is the text of that article in its entirety, as well as a link to the PDF, should you prefer to read it with the design elements in place.
May the incredible story of King’s life of faith speak to you today.
By the time you read this blog entry, you will most likely be aware of the bombing that occurred today in on of Moscow’s busiest airports. At the time of this writing, 35 are dead and more than 125 injured. We don’t know many details other than this: someone walked into a bustling airport, full of life and movement, and brought death in the form of a suicide bombing.
For almost 20 years, I have corresponded with a prisoner who once found himself caught up in a road duel on the interstate near where I live. To end the altercation, my pen pal emptied his loaded revolver into the cab of a pickup truck, killing the driver.
My original intent in writing this prisoner was to try to understand road rage. You see, I find his split-second anger in myself, and although mine is less dramatic and has been tempered over the years, the impulse to immediate, defensive anger toward someone who cuts me off on the highway is always there.