As we focus on the Advent, it was brought to my attention that Advent is the root word for Adventure. May we focus on God’s gift of his son, and his promise of heaven. In the adventure of Advent, may we take time to look back and honor those who came before and walked faithfully with Jesus.
After visiting Haviland, KS, I had the chance to learn about its namesake. Laura Smith Haviland lived from 1808 to 1898. She was a Godly wife, mother, and a Quaker. This woman of God devoted her life to others. She and her husband founded one of the first schools in the country to welcome all students regardless of race, creed, or sex. She was an activist in the underground railroad, helping to free slaves. She relied on divine protection as she combated slavery and assisted those who were escaping from bondage. As we move into this amazing time to celebrate together, may we collectively be the hands and feet in the ministry God has laid before us, seeking divine guidance, and be encouraged by those who left a legacy of faithfulness for us to follow.
(Her autobiography, A Woman’s Life-Work, published in 1882, is available online)
Contributed by Joe Lynne Rader, Silverton Friends