Some beautiful quotes from the Rosa Parks memorial service on the BBC website today:
Condoleeza Rice, US Secretary of State:
“I can honestly say that without Mrs Parks, I would not be standing here today as secretary of state.”
Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama:
“I firmly believe God puts different people in different parts of history so great things can happen. I think Rosa Parks is one of those people.”
Daniel Coughlin, Chaplain to the House of Representatives:
“Tonight, inspired by her life and leadership, as your free children, we say to Mrs Rosa Parks: Ride on, ride on, ride on in the direction of endless hope to the table of equal justice and eternal peace.”
Put these quotes together and we have a beautiful and challenging picture of holistic Christian faith lived out in the crucible of the world. May we all aspire to that.