I had admired Martin Luther King, Jr. from afar, since my teen years. What made today so very significant is that I had the privilege of observing this holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.Now that I live and pastor in the Atlanta area, I was eager to get to Ebenezer this morning. There, in Dr. King’s home church, with his daughter (The Rev. Dr. Bernice King) and sister (Dr.Christine King Farris) presiding, we remembered his life and ministry. Part worship service, part commemoration, part political rally, the event started at 10:00 this morning and ended at 1:45 p.m.!!!

The speakers included the Governor of Georgia, The Honorable Nathan Deal; the Mayor of Atlanta, The Honorable Kasim Reed; the Consul General of The Bahamas, The Honorable Randy Rolle and the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Music was rendered by a Commemorative Choir comprised of singers from Morehouse College, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Spelman College and the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus. We were also treated to a solo by the “King of Strings”, violinist Ken Ford. He played “Jesus, You’re The Center of My Joy”. When he finished playing, we all wanted to examine the instrument to see if smoke and mirrors had been used. He was excellent!!

As I sat and heard the many speakers and reflected on Dr. King, I recommitted myself to living a life that spills over into others’ lives. How sad it would be if any of us died and nobody was better off because we lived.