William and Ellen Craft were African slaves whose love for each other compelled them to marry. Slave conditions on a U.S. plantation had allowed them to “jump the broom” like other slaves during their time, but they wanted a legal marriage. So they slipped the bonds of their slavery in a very cunning and daring manner, with their eyes on Philadelphia – a city in the free state of Pennsylvania where they would hopefully be able to legally marry and carry on their lives in freedom.
You can listen to the entire story here in a podcast episode of Criminal. You’ll be shocked at what their love for each other moved them to do. Yes, it involves disguises but that’s as much as I want to tell you, please go listen.
It never ceases to amaze me what love between people can accomplish. Love compels us to make a decision, to focus on an outcome, to face our limitations, and it amplifies the important. The Apostle Paul wrote that, “Love is patient..(it) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4,7).” What does love compel you to do today?
Listen, here, to our arrangement of the old spiritual, Eyes on the Prize. It’s about holding on to love and hope and not letting go.