One might say that Harriet Tubman lived through an extended Good Friday vigil. She was born a slave sometime around 1820. She endured fiendishly oppressive treatment at the hands of slave owners. All in all, Harriet’s Good Friday spanned nearly three decades.
But Easter finally triumphed. In 1849, Harriet escaped the unspeakable cruelty of American slavery. Basking in the warmth of freedom, she dedicated her life to leading others to liberty. Just like Moses, Harriet Tubman led her people to the promised land.
As resurrection people, we know every journey that we embark upon, by definition, leans toward Easter. Regardless of how desolate the terrain, regardless of how difficult the journey, we are resurrection people, and every stop on our journey brings us closer to Easter, closer to “Hallelujah.” And through our biblical heritage, resurrection people are equipped to endure struggle in order to reach freedom. This is good news!
This message is excerpted from “Beyond Hallelujah” by Angela Khabeb in the March 2016 Gather magazine. Today we commemorate Harriet Tubman, 1913 and Sojourner Truth, 1883; renewers of society.
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