MLK, Gabe Zimmerman, & Us   2 comments

On this day, remembering Martin Luther King, Jr., I also remember Gabe Zimmerman.  My dear friend was lost to irrational violence while participating in an event to connect the community.  I worked with Gabe at Arizona’s Children Association in Tucson and we were fast friends.  My memories keep of Gabe keep making me smile; his laughter, his goofiness, and his kindness.  Gabe always showed sincere care and unwavering ethics when dealing with the challenging youth of the center.  He recently made a donation to CCI and wrote me to say, “Now you just need 1,000 more people like me!”; today, sadly, I think just one would be enough.  In his political views, his work, and in his personal life, he was forever positive, active, and hopeful.  As Barack Obama said at the Tucson Memorial Service, because of this tragedy, “we recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others.”  Gabe knew this truth before suffering this tragedy, and responded in service to its call.  Martin Luther King, Jr. also knew this truth and said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  We can honor their memories by following their example of service.  May God comfort the family and friends of those who have past, and may we all commit to better the lives of others and to connect humanity to its potential.


Posted January 17, 2011 by anglynnbennett in Uncategorized

2 responses to “MLK, Gabe Zimmerman, & Us

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  1. Beautifully said. I woke up with service on my mind too and thank you for all you do to inspire change. Sending you love today!

  2. We are sad of the loss of a Good Man. I didn’t know Gabe but have read of all the good things he has done for the state of Az.
    Uncle Mel

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