Monday, January 17

My Name Is You: lessons from Sesame Street on MLK Day

Today, all across our nation, people remember one of our greatest heroes, Martin Luther King. Today, in my house, I'll remind the Bees of love and commitment and service and Dr. King's legacy.
Thousands of people will gather for marches and will give speeches. I will read this book to my kids and we'll talk about hard things.

Martin Luther King's words and actions mirrored those of Jesus, because he was a man who loved Jesus. Every night at bedtime, we pray with the kids that we will be more like Jesus and shine his light a little brighter the next day.

Recently, words like "tolerance" and "acceptance" have turned into something ugly, something to fight over. The only thing Jesus taught was love. I try to make it clear to the Bees that if they love, they will live. If you love, you are obedient. If you love, you will serve. If you love, you do not hurt others. If you are filled with love, there is no room for hate.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Despite our differences, at the core of every human heart is the need for love. To be accepted, to be acknowledged, to be a part and not apart.


This morning we were watching Sesame Street. With its monsters and muppets and music, the show teaches kids so much more than their ABC's. Through song and dance and play, the 'Street subtly incorporates themes of love and community and, yes, acceptance.

We all sing with the same voice, and we sing in harmony.

Though it's geared toward the preschool set, I think there are plenty of adults who could learn something from "the fabulous Keb' Mo'" and these fuzzy monsters and googly-eyed muppets.

Everybody's got a look
Everybody's got a style
Everybody's gotta try to make everybody feel worthwhile

Everybody's got a voice
Of their very own

And when everybody sings, nobody's gotta sing alone


"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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