Rodney King, a Heart’s Cry and Healing Relationships

The news media announced this week that Rodney King (47 years old) has passed away. I was completely struck by the reporting on King’s life that I watched on one evening news report. The story was titled Remembering the Complicated Life Story of Rodney King.

Here are a few things that seemed significant:

  • King never accepted any kind of hero status, in fact he balked at that.
  • King’s life-long struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, in a weird way, was the reason he became a celebrity to begin with.
  • The famous utterance “Can we all get along?” came after King stopped reading from the script he was given by lawyers and spoke from his heart.
  • His family called him Glen, only the public called him Rodney.

Can we all get along? Wow. On our best days or in our best moments, this is the cry of so many of our hearts. Not only is it something deep down we all know is vital, it is the second greatest commandment (after loving God). Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Boy with Crucifix NecklaceWhat stops you from loving your neighbor?

Who is your neighbor?

What small act of neighborly love can you show today?

Do you think that a small act of neighborly love can make any kind of difference?



On a global scale, Food for the Hungry (FH) affirms that – at its core – poverty is caused by broken relationships.  FH International President Keith Wright highlights this in FH’s overview video. I’ll follow this post with another one following up on this idea.

For now, what do you think about the idea that poverty is caused by broken relationships? Which relationships are broken and lead to poverty?

The amazing thing about the Rodney King story is the intended and mostly unintended consequences of this man’s life—and the refreshing honesty with which he expressed himself at times. May he truly rest in peace and may those who loved him and shared his life be comforted at this time.

About Eileen O'Gorman

Sometimes I think I am incessant middle child. I find myself in the middle of things a lot. Right now, in particular with my work in communication for Food for the Hungry, I find myself in the middle—maybe a bridge builder—between “worlds.” However, what seems like many worlds all occupying one planet, is actually one grand world that God created. I just can’t get a handle on that! Mostly I hope that my work helps bring reconciliation in this world and that, by grace, we can see good things happening – on earth as it is in heaven.

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