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In Honor of Dr. King

“Kingdom of Love”


In the kingdom of Love

there is no corner for hatred

to hide.

All done in darkness,

for darkness,

now exposed by Light.


In the kingdom of Love

there are no walls between

us and them.

We see no Russia, North Korea,

USA, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free,

because we’re one in Love.


In the kingdom of Love

there is no striped, starred, or barred flag

to fly and divide.

Only raised is the white flag

of surrender to the One

who is Love.


In the kingdom of Love

there is no sweeping anthem

to separate.

We rather sing soft dirges

for the dying; deep praises

for the One who is Love.


In the kingdom of Love

there is no Kim, Putin, Trump,

Kaepernick, Robert E. Lee.

Love calls us precious, chosen,

beloved, and worth

dying for.


In the kingdom of Love,

there is no red, black, white,

yellow, brown, or mixed.

We see a rainbow skyward

and it says that Love

is for all of us.


In the kingdom of love

there are no chains

or classes.

We see only the hearts

of others whom

Love has us serve.


In the kingdom of Love

there is no struggling against

flesh and blood.

We see with eyes

the true enemy and know

their schemes.


In the kingdom of Love

we are sisters and brothers

of the same blood.

We are the children

of the One

who is Love.



A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From “Beyond Vietnam” Speech: April 4, 1967

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute


Sorry …

Hey there. Just checking in to say I’m sorry that I’ve had to put my blog writing on hold, as I am going through a rough stretch. I do look forward to getting back to the blog in the near future. Thank you for your patience.


Psalm 88:13 …

John David Kudrick

Hope ALWAYS Remains

Good Friday: a day that no doubt didn’t seem so “good” to those who loved Jesus and knew him best. I can only imagine the darkness and despair that descended into the depths of their hearts when the sun stopped shining as Jesus hung bloodied and beaten on the cross, then finally cried “It is finished!” and gave up his spirit.

But on this side of the cross, we know that the story didn’t end there. Even on the hardest of days, we can find hope because of the resurrection power of Christ. As one author wrote about a particularly tough time in his life:

A hard day, yes. Rattled and unglued, yes. Unable to cope, no. How does the life-giving Spirit of the risen Lord manifest Himself on days like that? In our willingness to stand fast, our refusal to run away and escape into self-destructive behavior. Resurrection power enables us to engage in the savage confrontation with untamed emotions, to accept the pain, receive it, take it on board, however acute it may be. And in the process we discover that we are not alone, that we can stand fast in the awareness of present risenness and so become fuller, deeper, richer disciples.

So even amidst the darkness and despair of Christ’s death commemorated on Crucifixion Friday, we know that Resurrection Sunday is coming—and because of that, hope ALWAYS remains.


Christ is risen!




Apologies …

Hey there. Just a note to announce that I’m putting my blog writing on hold for a bit, as I am going through a rough stretch with some ongoing ailments. However, I look forward to returning here in the near future. Thanks for your patience.


John David Kudrick

“My grace is sufficient for you….” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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