Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear
unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears:
for I am a stronger with thee,
and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
I think some people would understand the quintessence of sanctifying grace if they could be black about twenty-four hours.
Amanda Berry Smith,
The woman who boarded the Fulton Street ferry early in the morning on the first day of June 1843 had chosen for herself a name that resonated with the pain of an oppressed people dwelling for many generations in a strange land. Within the Old Testament context the sojourner was the non-Hebrew stranger who lived among the Hebrews. During part of their own history, the Hebrews had lived as sojourners among the Egyptians, with some rights and duties; afterward they had been enslaved: "My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrians oppressed them without cause"( Isaiah 53:4).2
Harriet Beecher Stowe told Truth's story of naming:
My name was Isabella; but when I left the house of bondage, I left everything behind. I wa'n't goin' to keep nothin' of Egypt on me, an' so I went to the Lord an' asked him to give me a new name. And the Lord gave me Sojourner, because I was to travel up an' down the land,