"and I prayed to God to make me strong and able to fight, and that's what I've always prayed for ever since.." - Harriet Tubman to Ednah Dow Cheney, 1865
Last week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced exciting news that Harriet Tubman (1820/21-1913), an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and a suffrage activist, will be the new face of the $20 bill. She left great footsteps in American history -- she freed many slaves as a "conductor" of the Underground Railroad, supported the abolitionists during the American Civil War, and after the war, she dedicated her life to helping freed slaves forge new life in freedom and promoting women's suffrage.
One thing that many of us don't know about Tubman is her deep faith in God. What held Tubman to be unceasingly passionate, patient, and strong was, as the quote above shows, her dependence on God's guidance. Her thirst for freedom and justice was a reflection of her faith in God's righteousness.
There are still many injustices we see and face in our society. Would you pray with me today, as Tubman did, that our righteous God heal and restore this world and strengthen us as the pioneers of faith and justice?
"But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24)
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