hope that can shine in the darkest nights

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read narrative of my life by frederick douglass yesterday in anticipation of my “frederick douglass” core theology class beginning monday… an autobiography that both challenged me to question the goodness of humanity but also to be comforted in the hope that is able to persist in the bleakest of circumstances.

“from my earliest recollection, i date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace; and in the darkest hours of my career in slavery, this living word of faith and spirit of hope departed not from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me through the gloom. Β this good spirit was from God, and to him i offer thanksgiving and praise.” ~ frederick douglass

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