MLK’s low, loving voice filled the room. He shared that he knew death was a very real, very near, possibility for him.
But whether he lived or died didn’t matter because he’d “been to the Mountain Top.”
The “Mountain Top” is a biblical reference for the house of God. Many spiritual figures within the bible are known for having climbed mountains to pray and meet with God.
The room’s energy became electric, the audience whooping and exclaiming affirmations of MLKs words. But he still had the most important part of the message to deliver.
With an unwavering voice he said, “I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”
Instead of allowing fear of impending death to shake him, MLK used what ended up being his final public address to plant numerous, pivotal seeds within us.
His closing remarks were a metaphor to remind us that we must make the hike towards liberation together.
It’s easy to be angry about petty things but we must not lose sight of what God intended for us.
What do we need to do or let go of so that we can all make it up the mountain?
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