Happy Martin Luther King Day. I have to confess that I don’t usually stop to consider MLK day, it just provides a welcome 3 day weekend in the middle of the winter.
But this year, with the horrific situation in Haiti going on, it made me think about the heroism of ordinary people. The folks in Haiti, without water or food, in 90 degree heat, digging through the rubble with their bare hands for survivors. The folks from all over the world in rescue units who appear to have dropped everything and gone to help out.
While Martin Luther King was obviously heroic, he certainly wasn’t an ordinary person. Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank and her family was ordinary, but she showed extraordinary courage. She died this week at the age of 100.
Dr. King and Miep Gies were inspirations to many people in their lifetimes. The actions of ordinary people in Haiti are inspiring, and a fitting tribute to the memories of these two unique heroes.
May things get better in Haiti soon.