May 14th – Sunday

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. – Philippians 3:20

The final witchcraft trial to occur in the United States happened on this day in 1878. A follower of the Christian Science religion, Lucretia L.S. Brown, who was rendered disabled after an injury to her spine as a child, believed that the teachings of Christian Science had healed her. However, she suffered two relapses in the previous year, and accused fellow Christian Science follower Daniel H. Spofford of attempting to interfere with her health through “mesmerism.” She took the matter to court, where Judge Horace Gray dismissed the case. An onlooker described the trial as “one of the most bizarre courtroom sessions ever held in the United States.” Coincidentally, this last witchcraft trial happened to take place in Salem, Massachusetts, where the first witchcraft trials in the U.S. originally occurred.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For those serving in the legislative branch to be aware of any infringements to freedom of speech or religion in the bills that they propose and vote on.
  • For the justices and judges of the federal judiciary to uphold and protect the rights to religious liberty and its free exercise.

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