In October when we were in Atlanta, we went to the Martin Luther King, Jr., museum. Across the street (to the south, I believe), is located Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place where Dr. King’s father and he served as ministers. It is a rather unassuming building, outside and in. If one didn’t know the historical significance of the place, you could drive right by it and not know you’d missed anything significant.
It is often the case that places become famous not because of the place, but because of what someone did there (“George Washington Slept Here!” being a perfect example.) The same concept is also present in the Old Testament when God met Moses in the wilderness and the bush was burning. God told Moses to remove the sandals from his feet because the ground where he was standing was “holy.” What made it holy? It wasn’t the dirt or rock or scrub-brush: it was because of Who was there.
Being a person who loves to visit historical places and a minister myself, I couldn’t resist going inside Ebenezer Baptist Church to see it. One could almost feel the struggles that had been waged in the place…as if Martin Luther King might come around the corner at any moment and you’d see him. I eventually made my way down to the front of the church building and took today’s picture of the pulpit where he often stood and preached.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers completed the Alcan highway to the Alaskan Territory.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the Viking alphabet was called Futhark. The letters were “runes”, made from straight lines which were easier to carve into stone. Stones with such letters are called (as you may have guessed) “runestones.”