Treasure Valley Prays

Love As a Verb

I have the same dream

As we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I am first drawn to the words from Saint Francis of Assisi…

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

I reflect upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unique and courageous way he approached leadership and making change in the world. He sought to show love versus hate, while working for needed change for people of color. He held a deep belief that faith called one to action and civil engagement. He valued all life and sought peace and wasn’t afraid to share bold dreams or encourage others to do the same.

A few days ago, I was challenged to reflect upon Dr. King as a leader. He started as a Pastor of a small congregation in Alabama. He didn’t anticipate his call greatly shifting, but did speak up for injustices experienced on a bus by Rosa Parks in Montgomery, leading the Bus Boycott lasting 381 days and eventually leading to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the moments following this event, he knew he could not just let that be another event and do nothing; he chose to get involved and spark change despite feeling unprepared at times. He recognized the road ahead would likely be a long journey, but he still took the first step and then the next. He asked for others to become involved and emboldened love as a verb, an action; faith called forth to our daily lives and all aspects of human life.

Let us not just let today be an extra day off. Let us use this day to not only honor a life well lived, a life of love and advocacy and inspiration. Today, may you pray, reflect and discern how you are being called to take action … to share love with others, to speak up for injustice, to walk alongside another in times of trial, and to be the hands and feet of God.

Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.


God of all time, help us enter this New Year quietly; thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact, and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well. Creator of all life, help us enter the New Year reverently, aware that you have endowed every creature and planet, every person and habitat with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honor rather than destroy.
Lover of all souls, help us enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dance and dream; remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love.
In this New Year, may the grace and peace of Christ Jesus bless us now and in the days ahead.

A prayer for a new year, by Vinita Hampton Wright

Kelly Preboski

Kelly Preboski

Executive Director
Luther Heights Bible Camp

This Post Has One Comment

  1. Jim Grunow

    Thanks for your devotional today, Kelly. I appreciated the focus on MLK JR. Love indeed is always a verb.

Leave a comment