By W.H. WATERS
In recent years, months and days, we have heard a man end many powerful speeches with the above statement. What did he refer to? What was in his heart?
I ask you today what dreams do you have? What do you want to ever remain as value to you, yours and mankind? I observed the great pomp and splendor of the Catholic Church at this man’s funeral. I heard the rhetoric and I heard the music. I wept at times but more than this I compared it to the simplicity of my worship and to the worship of other churches different than mine. Then I asked myself, what is the central theme of every religious belief who calls on the “One Great God” who loves the whole of mankind? I note we believe God sent His son to this earth to live and die and to conquer the grave, shedding His blood and teaching us the way home. We believe in the saving power of this blood and we believe love of God, love of each other and the whole of mankind show us the proper way to live. We believe that Jesus ascended to heaven and sits at God’s right hand pleading for us. Oh, how we need the pleading! We are far from perfect but His cleansing power washes us whiter than snow. This gives us “hope,” and with hope we believe that the dream we believe will never die.
May we, Catholic, church of Christ, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and any other persuasion look at how we are akin. May we reach out in love to each other and may our hearts cry out for each other’s salvation.
Don Quixote in his dream cried out for a woman the world valued little. Dulcinea was important to him and as he pressed on he did reach “the unreachable star.” May we all press on and may we reach our star that seems unreachable with just our own strength.
Maybe I should lay down my pen here, but I dare to go on.
Ted Kennedy made many errors. It was easy to throw stones at him and I notice daily that the rocks still fly for some do not believe in forgiveness. There is much that I did not know about this man though I dearly loved the kindnesses that he bestowed to the people who had few friends in high places. Even so, the last few days showed me changes I never knew existed. So it is with man, for it is hard for us to know the heart. Is it not great that in the end God is our judge, and if we are be happy in eternity we must train our inner being to be forgiving?
What things can we see in his life that showed the contents of his inner being? Yes, he worked to free the black man from the true horrors of segregation. Many would think this purely political, but how do you explain his stance on South Africa on apartheid? He simply saw a wrong and his soul went to battle to right a wrong. If you do not believe that African Americans felt his love for them, just mention his name today. People feel when you are real.
A second item is health care for all. In death his great regret was that he was not able to battle in the “halls of Washington.” He not only believed it should, but could, be done. Many people are completely disenfranchised. This situation should be remedied. A health care bill must be enacted into law. I know the dollar is important, but that can reach the proper level. The real fight is not about the dollar but about what group controls the flow. The HMOs and the insurance companies want to keep their cash cow alive. The Senator knew this. If they had just returned a little more of their cash flow to remedy the problem, we might not need a new system.
The working man had a friend. They have been few in recent times.
Every item that he fought for was for groups that had little representation. Even Republicans saw the kindness of his heart.
Ted Kennedy speaking of his brother Bobby said, “He saw wrong and tried to right it. He saw suffering and tried to heal it. He saw war and tried to stop it.” Then Ted picked up the quest and marched on striving to fulfill his brothers’ dream. The dream has not died and if America is to survive we must mount the charge of liberality and give to mankind generously in both sweat and dollars.
Editor’s Note: W.H. Waters is a resident of Lebanon and is a contributor to The Wilson Post.