Living the Dream in 2023

Living the Dream in 2023
Grace, mercy and peace to you from God almighty – our creator, redeemer and sustainer. Amen.
As individuals and as a people, God provides us with the opportunity to pause, slowdown and reflect on the past (2022) and look forward to the future (2023). Some of us look forward to this new year with zeal and hope while some, with apathy and despair – I pray for you that it is not the latter.

Sunday, January 8th on the Church’s calendar was The Baptism of Our Lord Sunday. The central theme on the day was identity…more like, belonging to…being a part of – highlighted with God’s claim on Jesus as “the Beloved.” (Matt. 3:17)

Whether we realize it or not, each of you is a part of something bigger than yourself as individuals. Whatever you and I do impact not just our work or play or household or that of our neighbor, but the entire planet. We are interconnected and part of a delicately woven tapestry and eco-system – much like the aviation industry.
According to Newton’s third law of motion, “For every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pushed this theory further and concluded “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” (Letter from the Birmingham Jail)

On the weekend when we as a nation slowdown to reflect on the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr., it is my sincere hope that we can strive to eliminate hate that leads to violence in our homes, across the street and around the world. After all, "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Dr. King’s dream can become a reality when we do our part. In the name of Jesus – Amen

In fervent hope,
The Rev. Romeo K. Dabee
JFK Airport Community Minister