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MLK’s Socks

January 23, 2019

Robert J. Brown [if his name’s not familiar, do a quick review of January 21, 2019 on here, and come right back] tells this great story —

During some meeting with the Rev. King and Ralph Abernathy, I looked down at their socks.

One of Martin’s socks had a hole in it.

I said, “Ralph, look at Martin’s foot down there, he’s got a hole in his socks.”

Ralph lifted up his leg; he had a hole in his. We got the biggest laugh.

A couple weeks later, I went back with dozens of black and dark blue socks and gave a pair to each one of them, and then they started giving away the socks to Andrew Young and [now Congressman] John Lewis.

Now whenever I see him he pulls up his pant leg and shows me he’s got socks.

— “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience,” says Colossians 3:12.

Sometimes a new pair of socks, or some other practical gift, is the best example of everything from that “compassion” to “patience” and beyond.

This  would be a good day for you and me to give someone a new pair of socks…whatever that image represents for us. 

See you back here tomorrow!



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