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  • 2013-01-07 8:13 AM | Daniel
    From the book "Thou, Dear God": Prayers that open hearts and spirits, a collection of prayers of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    This prayer came at the end of King's sermon, "The Birth of a New  Nation," preached at his Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama,on April 7, 1957. King had recently returned from the independence celebrations in Ghana, which explains the reference to "this new nation."

    O God, our gracious Heavenly Father, help us to see the insights that come from this new nation. Help us to follow Thee and all of Thy creative works in this world. And somehow we will discover that we are made to live together as brothers. And that it will come in this generation; the day when all men will recognize the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. Amen.
  • 2013-01-07 8:00 AM | Daniel

    Comments made by Martin Buber in 1930 to a conference on Christian missions to the Jews (published as “The Two Foci of the Jewish Soul” in The Writings of Martin Buber):

    What have you [Christians] and we [Jews] in common? If we take the question literally, a book and an expectation. To you, the book is a forecourt; to us, it is the sanctuary. But in this place, we can dwell together, and together listen to the voice that speaks here. . . . Your expectation is directed toward a second coming, ours to a coming which has not been anticipated by a first. . . . But we can wait for the advent of the One together, and there are moments when we may prepare the way before him together.

    Pre-messianically, our destinies are divided. . . . This is a gulf which no human power can bridge. But it does not prevent the common watch for a unity to come to us from God, which soaring above all of your imaginations and all of ours, affirms and denies, denies and affirms, what you hold and what we hold, and replaces all the creedal truths of earth by the ontological truth of heaven which is one.

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