Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is a masterpiece that’s well worth re-visiting. It’s like a diamond—created under enormous pressure and precious beyond expression. Each time I come back to it, I’m dazzled by a different facet and find myself speechless. That’s how I know it’s part of something bigger and more beautiful than its individual words.
This time, when I re-read “I Have a Dream,” the following few lines jumped out at me:
“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now…Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
The phrase “the fierce urgency of now” kept running through my mind until it crashed into a passage of scripture I had been reading earlier. In this story from the Book of Mormon, a group of poverty-stricken people come to a prophet for words of hope, strength, and comfort. Here’s what they’re told:
“Behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if [you] will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately…the great plan of redemption [will] be brought about unto you.” (Alma 34:31–32)…
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