UCHS CEO Lee Syria Shares MLK Message

January 18, 2021

Dear UCHS Team, 

Today, January 18, is the national day, celebrating the life, work, and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose birthday was January 15th. 

It is worth noting at a time of great struggle for our nation, with a raging pandemic, violence in our federal Capitol, with waves of division flowing through our land, that Dr. King remains a prophet of hope for us. In his final sermon, delivered under threats of violence the evening before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. King chose to speak of his assurance that, no matter what happened to him personally, freedom and justice would prevail.
 
I hope that we all will take time to reflect on the significance of today.   In honor of what today is, I am sharing the prayer below written by Dr. King which although written over fifty years ago seems as though it could have been written and remains relevant today. 
 
God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.
 
Stay safe. Be well. Be kind to all.

Lee