The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Michael Wilker

Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 03/11/2013

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gracious God, our liberator and guide, on the 100th anniversary of her death, we thank You for the life of Harriet Tubman.

While she was enslaved and oppressed by others, You reminded her of her God–given dignity and freedom. Thank You for leading her to escape slavery and for returning to lead others to abolish slavery and advance women's rights. Thank You for the care she gave to her family and neighbors, especially the elderly.

We are sorry that for too long our Nation did not recognize her freedom, treat her with respect and recognize her military service and leadership.

We pray that You send the same spirit You gave Harriet Tubman into the hearts of people everywhere who are oppressed and enslaved. Send them courage to survive, resist and escape. Protect and guide them through peril, and give them strength and wisdom to work for the freedom of all.


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