MLK on peace

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, given annually to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”. He was, indeed, an earthly prince of peace, following in the footsteps of the eternal Prince of Peace, His Lord and Savior.

Happy MLK Jr. Day, and a happy Sunday to you!




  1. Beautiful quote by Martin Luther King! May we each not only seek the goal but be an avenue by which it happens. Alison, thank you for this beautiful reminder this morning.
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  2. Powerful and beautiful reminder. Glad I managed to find my way over here through this link up. Happy MLK Jr. Day to you as well!
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  3. YES. I pray for more like him in this world… oh how I pray.
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  4. Dr. King’s fight for things through his desire for peace was so commendable. When I think of him that’s what I think about the most. Many times we are taught to be belligerent and return crass actions to people and he exemplified that even when they deserve it, this wouldn’t be the way to convey any injustice or wrong behavior by them to us. It’s the wonderful reminder that vengeance does belong to the Lord! πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday, Alison!
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    • He truly knew what it meant to turn the other cheek, Brittnei. An excellent example for us and future generations, especially given the amount of bullying and hate that we see on display nowadays.

      Happy Sunday to you too!
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  5. Happy Sunday to you, Alison. And have a beautiful Martin Luther King Jr. Day. My daughter, being four, wants to know what we do on this holiday. All she knows is that there’s no school and there’s a holiday. So I told her we rest and we talk about how great this man was, and how we can improve our lives to make sure his words live on.
    She looked at me like I was crazy, but I bet she’ll get it soon, if she doesn’t already.
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    • You’re doing a great job in explaining to Scarlet. She’ll get it, and as you said, she probably has gotten it already. She’s sharp as a whip!
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  6. The destination of peace is usually hard won…after battles both physical and emotional. Such an important quote and one worthy of remembering. Let’s pursue peace…peacefully. As usual spot on with the song. I love visiting you! Great work friend!
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    • Thanks, Lisha! You’re right about the battles being both physical and emotional. I’d add mental too. The peace of God is what gets us through those battles, thankfully.
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  7. Love the “earthly prince of peace” analogy. Happy Sunday & MLK Jr Day to you also. On another note, have you seen The Butler. Woooooo, I won’t say much if you haven’t.
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    • No, I haven’t seen it yet, Kenya. I’ve seen all of the good reviews. Haven’t gone to the movies in ages. Sorry that the film didn’t get any Oscar nominations.

  8. This is such an appropriate quote to share as America recognizes the contributions of MLK. It is amazing how many things can be accomplished when done peaceably.
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  9. It’s actually on DVD now. Hopefully you’ll get to see it soon πŸ™‚

  10. He was such a peaceful man and in today’s world peace is a foreign word. I think if we have half the peach MLK had this world would be so much more……peaceful.
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  11. Can you imagine the work and the good this man would have continued to do had he lived? It’s amazing to think about it. On the day we celebrate Dr. King, I like to try and do something that honors the struggle. Last year I ate a fancy schmancy restaurant where people of color are rarely seen. You should have seen the stares and glares. I raised my glass and smiled.
    Blessings to you on this day and in this new year!
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  12. I remember exactly where I was, when this occurred. His death was a heart breaking event. Hopefully, the truth he was pursuing has stuck with us all over our nation and around the world. But he’s one of the few that has never been forgotten. And I sure remember where I wanted to be, how I wanted to be helping around and about in the years prior to that. Much on my plate from that time still. Have written a few portions of the story I wrote re: this phase of life in our nation. As usual, I was a knee-jerk fighter and would have been putting myself at risk. But in my teens to early 20s. Now? Late 60s, and still remember the pieces connected to him. Thank you.
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    • You’re right, Joanne, he’s among the few we will never forget, much like Nelson Mandela. How awesome to have been a young girl at that very tumultuous time, the Civil Rights era.
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  13. Beautiful quote. What an incredible man, who inspires us with his words, his lessons, his action 50 years later.-Ashley
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  14. I’ve read and listened to bits and pieces of Martin Luther King’s speeches through the years, but this year I’m finally reading a whole book written by him “Strength to Love” of his sermons, and I’m just encouraged at one insight after another, not just sound bites that we hear, but solid arguments for why God’s ways always work best. Thanks for sharing this quote about peace. It speaks volumes about who Martin Luther King was and how much he accomplished, and how we need to continue pursuing the dream.

    • So true, Lisa. The dream isn’t yet fulfilled in its entirety. Like you, I have “Strength to Love.” Such a compelling book! I haven’t finished it yet, but I thank you for the reminder. I just pulled it off the shelf and will read some more in the coming days.

  15. That’s a beautiful quote. His speech is so inspirational. They played it on the radio this morning and it was such a joy to listen to it. It’s truly a great person who can continue to inspire us throughout time!
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    • I would love to listen to it. They have the audio on the Nobel Peace Prize web site. He truly was one for the ages, Michelle. May his legacy live on!
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  16. Hello Alison,
    Marting Luther King Jr. will remain an inspiring man, he truly helped shaped who we are as a country today, in a POSITIVE way. I’m happy to teach my children about a man filled with so much love in his heart… he was able to see equality and peace in such a hateful time.
    One of my favorite quotes:
    ” I have decided to stick with LOVE. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”- MLK
    This is exactly how I chose to live.

    I’m happy to see you in my SITS Tribe!

    • I broke out in a smile when I saw that you were in my SITS tribe too! How cool is that?!

      I believe in that quote. Hate truly is overbearing and oppressive. Up with love!

      Looking forward to connecting as the week continues.



  17. What a wonderful reminder of what today is truly about. Thank you, Alison!
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  18. Love the quote…it’s the pursuit of peace that’s important…similar to pursuing happiness. The actions you take along the way is ultimately what will get you to the destination. Great post
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    • You got it, Hope: the pursuit and the achievement of peace are both key. MLK was prophetic in his words and actions, and we are blessed to be the recipients of both.

  19. Love that quote Alison! He was definitely an inspiration to us all! Yes, peace was definitely his mantra! I loved that he fought for equality for ALL mankind…truly a man who saw others with the eyes of Christ! Thanks my friend…have a blessed evening!
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    • Hey Ms. Michell! MLK left such huge footprints for us to step into. By God’s grace we do it, responding with love and peace and embracing the struggles that confront us with grace and joy. Have a great rest of the week, my love!

  20. Hey there! Its Carrie from our SITS Tribe! Love your site!

  21. Great inspiring post. So thankful for people like to stand up for the millions.

    I’m Kenya and we are in the same SITS tribe! Looking forward to following along. πŸ™‚
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  22. Love the quote! Love Dr. King! His legacy is amazing and I was so honored to visit his memorial this past summer in your area!
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  23. Dr. King continues to be an inspiration. He was truly a man of peace led by the Prince of Peace.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog! Following from our SITS Tribe. πŸ™‚

  24. Hi Alison! I am back from blog-break and it’s great to reconnect with you!
    The life of Dr. King Jr. was just a model for peace, and for working for justice wrapped in peace. Wow. The cause was so just, and so many would advocate for violence. But not this man of God. May we all sit quietly and study his amazing words.
    I am at a new blog home now. I hope to love it, it was a big move πŸ™‚
    Blessings to you my friend,

  25. Amazing quote. Dr. King still remains such an influence on our culture, and hopefully forever more. Awesome awesome post Alison!
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  26. Thanks, Nellie! I think Dr. King’s legacy is sealed upon us for the ages. He truly was a prophet in the fullest sense of the word.
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  27. A beautiful quote said by and amazing individual. I wrote about him several time when growing up and remembering going to an event honoring him in the Chicago area many years ago with my dad. I’ve always been so drawn to everything he stood for. Thanks for sharing today, Alison.
    Much love,
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  28. What a wonderful reminder of an amazing man who can never be thanked enough for the impact he made on our country and HUMANITY! Happy SITS day to you!

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