Inner Struggle

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Martin Luther King was about to retire after a long tiring day, when the phone rang. King picked it up. A voice on the other end said: “Listen, nigger, we’ve taken all we want from you. Before next week, you’ll be sorry you ever came to Montgomery”.

King hung up. Suddenly he felt gripped by fear, as his courage oozed out. He grew restless and started pacing the floor. He went to the kitchen, heated a pot of coffee, poured out a cup, then sat there benumbed. He felt lost and confused. Then he began to pray. “Lord, I am taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I’m afraid, deeply afraid. People are depending on me for leadership. If I am without strength or courage, they too will grow fearful. I am at the end of my rope. I don’t know what to do. I can no longer face this responsibility”.

At that moment, recalled King later, “I experienced the presence of the divine as I have never experienced him before.”

Father take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet, not what I want, but what you want. – Mk 14: 38.

Kneel silently beside Jesus as he throws himself on the ground. Pray slowly, meaningfully, the words of the Our Father: “Your will be done…”, letting the words sink in your heart.

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