My heart leapt with joy last night as my adult son was lamenting having to work on Monday. You see, he is a sales rep for an insurance company, and the business of selling insurance never rests, even for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. My response was to let him know that in our culture only government and school children are given the day off. To which he replied, “well, I think Martin Luther King Day is more important than Presidents Day”. Oh my heart yes, my young padawan is growing up and sensing the importance of the meaning of service and what it means to be a good citizen.

The work is long and arduous, but we must continue the battle to fight injustice with love, to stand up and speak when necessary, to give voice to the voiceless. Maybe Monday, can be your new resolution to do more, say more, stand up for injustice more. My hope is that you find a way to be aware that we can always do better. We are made to be of service to one another, to respect and honor, to feed and give shelter, to visit those in prison and to take care of those who have been mistreated, and misrepresented. Together we can make life better for our sisters and brothers who have the same God given heart, mind and spirit.

At 7 p.m. on Monday evening, at White River Christian Church, there will be a service honoring the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I hope to see you there! There will be many churches represented and is open to all people. Come and let us sing of peace, justice and reconciliation.

-Noblesville’s Teri Ditslear is a pastor whose column appears Saturdays in The Times. Contact her at, on Facebook or at