Poets, Prophets and Disciples:
What it Means to Follow Jesus
Lenten Daily Devotional
March 10, 2019

Week 1

Sunday March 10

What does it mean to follow Jesus into Freedom?

Brief Biography of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman, beloved daughter of God, was born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland in 1820.  Her parents named her Araminta “Minty” Ross. She changed her name in 1849 when she escaped.  She adopted the name Harriet after her mother and the last name Tubman after her husband. Harriet Tubman suffered a head injury as a teenager which gave her vivid dreams and hallucinations, in addition to sleeping spells. She was deeply religious and according to her it was her religious beliefs that gave her courage rescue friends and family over and over again. She remained illiterate for her entire life and yet the story of her life continues to reverberate through history.

Harriet Tubman was the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad. In a decade she guided over 300 people who were enslaved to freedom; abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison thought she deserved the nickname “Moses”. She worked hard to save money to return and save more people who were enslaved. In time she built a reputation and many Underground Railroad supporters provided her with funds and shelter to support her trips.

During the Civil War, Tubman served as a nurse, cook, laundress, spy and scout. After the Emancipation Proclamation she returned to Auburn where she lived the rest of her life. She opened her doors to those in need. With donations and the proceeds of her vegetable garden she was able to support herself and those she helped. She raised money to open schools for African Americans and gave speeches on Women’s rights. Her dream was to build a home for the elderly and in 1908 the Harriet Tubman Home for the Elderly was inaugurated.  She died in that home in Auburn, NY on March 10, 1913.

Adapted from http://www.harriet-tubman.org/short-biography/

Reflection Question:

What does freedom in Christ mean to you?

Recommended Reading for Additional Information:

Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Kate Clifford Larson

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, Catherine Clinton

Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railroad, America’s First Civil Rights Movement, Fergus M. Bordewich


For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

  • Nelson Mandela