Daily Prayers for March 26

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.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Steal Away to -Jesus”

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land : and tell old Pharaoh, “Let my -people go!”

Psalm 119:153 56

Behold my affliction and deliver me : for I do not forget your law.

Plead my cause and redeem me : according to your promise, give me life.

Deliverance is far from the wicked : for they do not study your statutes.

Great is your compassion, O Lord : preserve my life, according to your judgments.

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land : and tell old Pharaoh, “Let my -people go!”

Exodus 12:14 – 27 Mark 9:30 – 41

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land : and tell old Pharaoh, “Let my -people go!”

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.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

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 ser-vice. Amen.

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.

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