What follows is a link to a sermon preached on October 5, 2014 in Harvard’s Memorial Chapel by Rev. Jonathan Walton. It quotes a powerful poem written by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, past president of Morehouse College. We recommend a quiet space to listen to this very powerful sermon which addresses a lot of what ails us personally and as a society.
A guest at breakfast quoted this poem in a most powerful way as he tried to sum up the sermon he had just heard. He was especially moved on hearing the sermon since the poem was one he’d heard many times over his life and one which he committed to memory because he found it so moving. What he found so moving was the context in which the Rev. Walton used the poem in his sermon. We thought our guest should turn professional because his delivery added to the profoundness of the poem
For you – the poem is reprinted here:
“Life Is Just A Minute
Life is just a minute—only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon you—can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it—didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to you to use it.
You must suffer if you lose it.
Give an account if you abuse it.
Just a tiny, little minute,
But eternity is in it!”
By Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Past President of Morehouse College
Ed Note: Sorry for all the “powerfuls” in this blog. Couldn’t find another word to fit.
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