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All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK


Jan 19, 2014

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Gerald Davis, Adjunct Minister.

SERMON DESCRIPTION

Thanks to narration, I was able recently to enjoy the film, “Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom,” with my family. Assistive technology for the visually-impaired has arrived at movie theaters, and opened a vista of delight for us. Listening through wireless headphones to a beautifully-voiced narrator setting the scene for the dialogue heard by everyone else, allowed me to keep up with the movie and not disturb others with “What’s going on?” questions. The film studios made a business decision that had a positive moral tone, but it was just what one would do if someone seated at your dinner table needed some help in order to enjoy the meal. It would take only ordinary love.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., like Nelson Mandela, encouraged us to use ordinary love outside our comfortable circumstances. On this Sunday, when we celebrate the birth of Dr. King and a day of commitment to the love that embraces, I would like us to think about how far ordinary love goes. Is there a limit? If so, what are the circumstances? Dr. King titled his book, Strength to Love alerting us to the task before us. Everyone may be included in God’s love, but can you act out that love to just anyone? Without making lists, come prepared to wrestle with the challenges of Ordinary Love.

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