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Posted by tom | Mar 26, 2012

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors (197).

After reading week, I once again led opening prayer for SF823: Spiritual Direction Strategies (Professor Jo Ann Kurz, Evangelical). As in the previous sessions I turned to Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, & Enuma Okoro, Zondervan, 2010, http://commonprayer.net/) for insight.*

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

The March 26, 2012, entry focused upon Harriet Tubman (1820? – 1913).

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in the 1820s. In 1849, she had a vision that compelled her to run away, traveling under the cover of night with only the North Star as her guide. Arriving safely in Pennsylvania, she felt like she was in heaven. “I had crossed the line,” she wrote. “I was FREE; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom.” Tubman committed herself to helping others escape to freedom, guiding at least three hundred fugitive slaves to Canada over the course of fifteen years. To those who traveled under her guidance, she was known as Moses. . . .

In a letter to Harriet Tubman, fellow abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote, “Most that I have done and suffered in the ser-vice of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way. You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way . . . most that you have done has been witnessed by a few trembling, scared, and foot-sore bondsmen and women, whom you have led out of the house of bondage, and whose heartfelt ‘God Bless You’ has been your only reward.” . . .

Thank you, Lord, that throughout history there have been women whose steadfast faith and hope in you have brought about justice, freedom, and security for those who most needed it. We pray we can learn from women like Rahab and Esther and Harriet Tubman what it means to commit our lives to your service. Amen (196-7).

Scriptures were Psalm 119:153 – 56, Exodus 12:14 – 27, Mark 9:30 – 41.

The song was Steal Away to Jesus. I found the below version of particular encouragement and ask you to prayerfully reflect upon what it means to Steal Away to Jesus during daily life (e.g., prayer/reflection as an individual or community), oppression, and/or seeking freedom.

I focused our prayers for others on followers of Christ in the Middle East, indigenous and those from other parts of the world, e.g., the family, friends, colleagues, and students of the Central Pa. man killed in Yemen (note: his family has returned to the U.S.). Although we did not know Joel personally, we have have a number of connections, e.g., graduating the same high school, family members who are friends with the family, passionate embracing of the call to follow Jesus the Christ no matter the cost.

*Monday Question Series: What are you using for Monday Prayer Time? (3/12/2012).

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