I was recently asked to speak at faculty devotions held weekly at my former elementary, middle, and high school. I was asked by my mother who teaches first grade at Whitinsville Christian School, and who’s turn to prepare devotions was approaching. The assignment was rigged. Reflect on two passages from scripture: the year long theme verse, Romans 12:5, “…one body, many members…” and the theme verse for December, John 1:14, “The Word became flesh…”, AND share a couple stories from Ghana. Oh yea… there is about a ten minute time limit… The following is about what I said.
Last weekend our group traveled to Elmina, Ghana for a weekend excursion. We visited the Kakum national forest with its famous ‘canopy walkway’ and spent most of Saturday on the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. We also visited and toured the St. George’s castle in Elmina. This castle has been used for many things over the years. But by far the most galvanizing is its use as a port for the trans-Atlantic slave trade during the seventeenth century. Upon thinking of a word to describe the experience a few came to mind, ‘sobering’ seemed to top the list. The reality of the atrocity of the trans-Atlantic slave trade was visible and palpable. I spent most of the time in the castle feeling emotionally numb. The absurdity of slave trade is obvious simply by reflecting on the loss of humanity. I feel most everyone who visits the slave castle in Elmina prays the same prayer as the plaque in the middle of the castle longs for, “May human kind never again perpetuate this type of wickedness”.