Dear Reader: From This Perspective

Dear Reader,

I’m not sure how my words will find you when you read them, but I pray that they find you well and bring you hope and perspective.

“Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses,” and I truly believe that there is a time that God has chosen for all of us (Ecclesiastes 3:1 GNT).

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope” are the words that are etched into the stone of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., and out of the mountain of things that once seemed unmovable comes hope and inspiration that mountains can be moved.

Dr. King’s life teaches us that we should never give up on our dreams, and his legacy teaches us that we should never give up the fight for what we know things should be. He was a leader of his time, and his life teaches us that one’s aspirations must not only be to lead, but that one must aspire to lead the righteous and Godly way. I do believe that we can be this type of leader, and I do believe that we can be this type of leader in such a time as this.

You see, our feet are the vehicles of our bodies, and how beautiful can they be when we allow God to guide them with divine purpose. For “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news,” and how can anyone preach (share good news) unless they are sent and appointed to do so (ref. Romans 10:15)? I truly believe that we are sent and called into purpose, such as Dr. King was, and we should allow our feet to be guided in God’s divine purpose.

How amazing and fitting is this moment that God is leading you into, and how amazing and fitting is it that everything else had to fall and be chiseled away so that you could stand in the beauty of this moment.

So, as you look out into the distant, but not so distant, future, allow God to guide your feet with divine purpose and inspire you with dreams that will impact the lives of others.

As I stood at the Lincoln Memorial in the place where Dr. King once stood to give his iconic, “I Have A Dream” speech, among the sea of people stood a father and his two sons, and among the many voices that could be heard in this sacred place, I could hear one of his sons articulate the words that were Dr. King’s profound words engraved on the stone. The young man stated loud and clear, “I have a dream.” The beauty of this moment moved me in such a way because our footsteps tell the story, and our legacy tells the story of our lives.

“There are 58 steps from the chamber to the plaza level, and 87 steps from the chamber to the reflecting pool” (, and as I took many of these steps while visiting the Lincoln Memorial, thoughts of my mother, President Abraham Lincoln, and Dr. King resided with me.

You see, my mother was only nine years old when Dr. King gave his iconic speech, and the freedom that he was fighting for would have been her freedom, too.

If ever there was to be a life, a legacy, an individual to be inspired by, we should let it be individuals and lives such as these, because the paths we choose today, whether good or bad, can become the paths and walkways for others tomorrow.

It is from this perspective and place that God has inspired me to write “From this Perspective” – and I truly pray that my words will bring you hope and perspective.

Mr. Griffin, I thank you for allowing me to write about you and your sons. May your family be blessed in their coming and their going, and may our world continue to be inspired by the lights of your influence. Blessings and favor to you, Sir, and thank you again.

Dear Reader, continue to trust God even in the most difficult places because He will see to it that you make it to the destination of His promises. I want you to know that you are not alone, and it is my prayer that this column will make you feel as though you have a place to belong and somewhere to call home.

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P.S., Yours Truly,

The Writer, Seneca Howard


Seneca Howard, The Writer

About Seneca Howard

Seneca Howard is a pastor, author, mentor, and motivational speaker who inspires the lives of others through crisis ministry, counsel, and personal development.

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