I too have a dream...that one day God's people, those born again of the spirit, will rise up and not just be able to quote God's word, but also be able to live it.
I too have a dream...that one day on the red hills of Hollister, former alcoholics, drug addicts, and all of us who have fallen short of the glory will turn our backs to our sinful ways and lift up our eyes to Heaven from whence cometh our help; and the only time we look back or look down is to help our brother or sister who has fallen by the way.
I too have a dream...that one day even in Hollister, a community whose light has been dimmed by a lack of opportunity and an abundance of hopelessness, will be transformed into a beacon of hope, a lighthouse warning travelers of all the dangers toils and snares, and guiding the lost to Jesus Christ...I too have a dream.
I too have a dream...that my 2 children can live in a place where they won't be measured by the sum of their possessions, but regarded for the contents of their hearts.
I too have a dream...that one day the 17 churches in Hollister will no longer allow ourselves to be divided by the thin but high walls of skin color, denomination, and worship style, and realize that we are truly one body, under one God, with one mission. I too have a dream.
I have a dream that all our churches will come together and pray til it changes and give til it hurts so that one day we can't find a mother who has to worry how she will feed her baby, or a father who has to wonder how he will pay a bill, or a grandmother who can only wish she could buy medicine and food. I have a dream too.
Like Dr. King, I too have a dream. I may not have had to stand at the back of a bus or sit on the floor of a prison, but I have had to watch too many of my brothers, black, white and red, who have had their years stolen by the enemy. I have seen too many mommas crying over their children who will hardly come home, much less come to church. I have seen too many who have done too much and were gone too soon.
But in spite of all that, I still have a dream.
My God says that He will never leave me and never forsake me; He says that He will provide for all of my needs according to His riches in glory; He promises that there is nothing that can separate me from His love, and He says that all things work together for the good of those who love Him...and I sure do love Him.
So with that in mind I know I can dream too; and if you think about it, so can you!