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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 20, 2020

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MONDAY, July 20
Elizabeth, Amelia, Sojourner, and Harriet

Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Ross Tubman: Each of these remarkable women exemplify love of neighbor.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton called on the church to stop using scripture to justify the oppression of women. Amelia Bloomer was an active abolitionist and temperance advocate who sought freedom for women to use their minds and bodies. Sojourner Truth escaped slavery with the help of Quaker friends. A powerful orator on women's rights, she preached on street corners, noticing and advocating for the poor. After escaping slavery, Harriet Ross Tubman answered God’s call to help others gain freedom. She was the premier conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading more than seventy people to freedom. They called her Moses.

For each of these women, love of God was tied to helping other folks claim freedom. They remind us that faith is action.

MOVING FORWARD: Who are the women in your life leading people to claim their freedom? Lift them up in prayer—and join them on the journey!

PRAY for the Dioceses of Ughelli (Nigeria) and Ho (Ghana)

Ps 41, 52 * 44 | Joshua 7:1-13 | Romans 13:8-14 | Matthew 26:36-46

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