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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Let Us Give Thanks for Sarah Hale


sarah_hale IN 1789, PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON PROCLAIMED A NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING EVEN THOUGH MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS A BAD IDEA. JUST BECAUSE A FEW PILGRIMS SURVIVED A GREAT HARDSHIP, TO THEM, WAS NOT NOTEWORTHY OF A NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE. THOMAS JEFFERSON SCOFFED AT THE IDEA OF A NATIONAL THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION.

BUT THERE WAS ONE PERSON WHO DID MORE FOR THANKSGIVING THAN ANY OTHER AND MOST OF US DON’T EVEN KNOW HER NAME. SHE WAS SARAH HALE, THE EDITOR FOR THE “BOSTON LADIES MAGAZINE” AND LATER, THE “GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK”. SHE WROTE EDITORIALS TIRELESSLY IN HER MAGAZINES FOR FORTY YEARS WHILE, AT THE SAME TIME, PETITIONING GOVERNORS AND PRESIDENTS TO REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF A NATIONAL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. AND ALL HER HARD WORK PAID OFF. IN 1863, PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN PROCLAIMED THE LAST THURSDAY IN NOVEMBER AS A NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING.

BUT, JUST WHICH PRESIDENT CHANGED THE DAY WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING – TWICE? FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT. HE MOVED THANKSGIVING UP ONE WEEK TO GIVE MORE TIME FOR THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON. BUT AFTER TWO YEARS OF RECEIVING COMPLAINTS FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ROOSEVELT FINALLY GAVE IN TO THE PRESSURE AND MOVED THANKSGIVING BACK.