Readings and Pondering for Tuesday 30 April 2019: Easter

Readings for Sarah Josepha Buell Hale 1879

Psalm 96Jeremiah 30:17-19, 22Philippians 1:27–2:2Matthew 5:1-12


“Out of them shall come thanksgiving, and the sound of merrymakers. I will make them many, and they shall not be few;    I will make them honored, and they shall not be disdained.” (Jer. 30:19)

My Pondering

“Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, who we remember today, was born in New Hampshire in 1788 to Captain Gordon Buell and Martha Buell, both of whom were advocates for equal education for both sexes. In 1813, she married David Hale, a promising lawyer who shared her intellectual interests. In 1822, David died four days before the birth of their fifth child.” (From The Great Cloud of Witnesses)

After her husband died she wore black for the rest of her life.  She also dedicated the rest of her life to improving the status of women in this new country.  She worked for women’s education, and editing a magazine. She also wrote poetry.

In 1830, she published a book of verses for children aimed at the Sunday school market; it included the now-famous “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” originally called “Mary’s Lamb.”  (From The Great Cloud of Witnesses)  “In 1823, with the monetary support of her (then late) husband’s Freemason lodge, she published a collection of her poems entitled The Genius of Oblivion.”   (Wikipedia)

Sarah Hale also worked towards national goals that she thought would help bring the country together. “She is perhaps most famous for the nationalization of the Thanksgiving holiday, toward which she worked many years and which finally received presidential sanction under Abraham Lincoln.” (From The Great Cloud of Witnesses)

From what I understand, Thanksgiving was being celebrated in her home state of New Hampshire.  Hale worked to make it national.  But as is said by the Prophet Jeremiah, “Out of them shall come thanksgiving, and the sound of merrymakers. I will make them many, and they shall not be few.”  Hale wanted what she had in her home state to be realized by everybody in the country.

What tradition do you have that would help the rest of us be more appreciative of what we have?  Is there some time you have set aside for a special purpose?  It does not have to become national, but if you realize some value in what you do, write about it and share it.  You can never tell how you might enhance someone’s life. God has given us to each other.  Sarah Hale shared herself with us.  I will remember her at Thanksgiving and say “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with new wonder!

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.”  John Thomas Frazier Sr.

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