“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) It is this Pastor’s desire and hope that out of Black History Month will come the sense of community. Dr. King’s life and work as a national leader of the Civil Rights movement was geared to improving the lot of all people – regardless of race, creed, or heritage. He envisioned a world where we all will enjoy the blessings of freedom, hope and justice. Dr. King’s dream has not yet been fully realized, however, we praise God for the great improvement that has been made. We are all aware of Dr. King’s contributions to the betterment of our community, but the question each of us must answer is: “What are you doing for others?” Dear Ones, we share a common destiny. As we are blessed by God, we are blessed to be a blessing. God gives to each of us according to our individual abilities. Having said that, we all have something to contribute into the lives of others. We are all in it together. We are all on this people planet together, in the Church together and in the community together. Please know this, you can have what you want, if you help others get what they want. There is still much to be done to address the helplessness, hopelessness and futility that is the breeding ground for Black on Black crime. This is not a cliché or a platitude, but a statement of truth: Christ is the answer. Another area requiring our involvement is the matter of unmarried pregnancies. Again, Christ is the answer, however, I must tell you that here on earth, God’s work must truly be our own. We must build up our community by sewing into it’s people.
Pastor J. Amos Jones