2014 Blog Entries

"I Have a Dream"

Today we celebrate the life, legacy, message and ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In his march on Washington speech he said, “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”

So easily, we at AK Child & Family can step right into that dream for every one of our students and their families. What a world it would be if all the obstacles that have been placed before our wounded young people could be lifted up, laid low, smoothed out or straightened, so that they could fully experience God’s healing touch. Oh what a world it will be when all of God’s children together are returned to the wholeness God intends for each of us.

As part of our commemoration of Reverend King, we asked several of our students, ‘What is your dream?’ here are a few of their answers:

“to be the best selling artist in this country”
“to go home”
“to get married”
“to have my children live in a world where everybody cares about each other and there’s peace”
“to earn 3 PhDs…one in pediatrics, one in psychology, and one in herbal medicine so that I can be a master in all fields of surgery”
“to get out of here” (treatment)
“to be a you-tuber”
“to be a pilot”
“world peace”
“to be a famous artist”
“to truly make the world a better place”

Let us all lift our dreams together on this day. Let us hold in our hearts the hopes and dreams of the young people of AK Child & Family. As Reverend King went on to say in his march on Washington speech, “With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” For some of our students and their families the struggles seem mighty and the bondage of woundedness runs deep. But as Reverend King also said, “Take the first step in faith – you don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”