Have you ever heard the name Sarah Josepha Hale? Well, she was a writer, a poet, a magazine editor, a widow and mother of five and she was a woman on a mission.
That mission was to have an annual day of Thanksgiving to be recognized as a national holiday. For years, she wrote editorials and personal letters to lawmakers making persuasive arguments for her cause. She was so driven to see her dream become reality, she wrote this letter to President Lincoln.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I’m so inspired by Sarah’s story, the guts of this single mother. A woman who gave God what she had – her pen, her words and her passion – and he blessed her efforts.
Sarah is a glowing example of how someone can make a difference by allowing the spark of a noble passion to burn bright enough for others to see. And we who have seen are beneficiaries of her vision to unify us in one common purpose:
“THANKSGIVING DAY is the national pledge of Christian faith in God, acknowledging him as the dispenser of blessings.” (S.J.Hale, 1852)
This Thanksgiving, let us accept the gracious invitation of President Lincoln to gather together and offer up grateful praises to our God for all the blessings he has given us. And we might also remember to thank our Creator for the legacy of a woman named Sarah who never gave up and whose hard work and determination paid off. A great lesson to all of us who would dare to dream.
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“I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.” U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, 1863