Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788-1879) was an American writer and editor. One of her credits is penning the nursery rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” In 1846, Ms. Hale began a 17 year endeavor writing five different presidents proposing a day set aside to give thanks. The letters fell on deaf ears. Until, the letter she wrote Abraham Lincoln convinced him to enact legislation establishing what we call today Thanksgiving in 1863.
Hail to Ms. Hale! She is credited as the individual most responsible for the national holiday “Happy Thanksgiving.”
As we travel long or short distances to be with family and friends, we will gather around tables amid a bounty of turkey, dressing, cranberry and pumpkin dishes. Let’s humbly with grateful hearts enter the gates of heaven; up to the throne where our Lord sits crowned with majesty and worthy of all our praise. Reminiscing as far back in time as our memories will allow. Turning page after page of our pasts. Thinking on certain times in our lives when God certainly held us in the palm of His hands. Thanking Him with silent prayers for His faithfulness. Blessing His name through the trials and triumphant knowing the Lord has been there each step of the way.
Whether we were in the valley or on the mountain top; struggling through the wilderness towards the promised land…God has never left us nor forsaken us. He has protected, provided and delivered. He has restored, renewed and healed. And He has forgiven us time and time again.
“Father, we are thankful not just on Thanksgiving day, but every day because Your love for us endures forever. Your love never fails. You are worthy and we bless Your holy name.”
For His Glory
Kim Lacey Schock
TRBC Coffee Break