In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, several students from MBPC along with others from around the city gathered to serve their community with a view toward the betterment of the society around them. We spent three hours or so at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover working on some beautification projects around the compound, i.e., pulling weeds, building planters, rearranging objects, and the like.
There's a certain degree of sanctity, I think, in serving one's community, and not only serving but serving with other people. A picture of people from many different ethnic, socioeconomic, racial, and religious backgrounds coming together to accomplish a common goal is a beautiful picture indeed, and it's a picture we had the privilege of both seeing and taking part in this weekend.
Some of our students mentioned that Dr. King's mission and vision are far from actualized to be sure. But every now and again, in situations like these, we're able to catch small glimpses of what the world will hopefully soon be like, for Dr. King's observation that, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice" must be true. Perhaps small things like the service to one's community, and the joining of hands with others from a variety of backgrounds contributes to the bending of this arc. Anyhow, it is during days and opportunities like these that we can see a bend toward God's ideal, one in which, "justice rolls on like a river, and righteousness like a never-ending stream." (Amos 5:24).