By: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer on 10/7/2011
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, there were two deaths of famous people who changed our life. I was struck by both. Those deaths of famous people whose lives were within hours of each other -- Steve Jobs and Fred Shuttlesworth.
One a California whiz kid, tech giant and the other a pastor and civil rights leader. Both rightfully laid claim to the label "co-founder." One co-founded Apple Computer and the other the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Both were visionaries. They each saw a world others could not see. Each labored to bring vision to reality. They both succeeded. The world changed as a result of their vision , genius, creativity and determination
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, said on the occasion of the death of his friend and Apple co-founder, "we've lost something we won't get back". He is right. And his insight applies not only to Steve Jobs, his friend and business partner. It applies also to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. For that matter it applies to every one who has lived. One could say that what we all share in common is that we are each unique creations of God. And I might add we should be. At one and the same time we are both alike and un-alike. Thanks be to God for both realities.