JUST FOR FUN - The Woman Who Wrote Thanksgiving by Phil
What do Jesus' parable of the persistent widow and Thanksgiving have in common? I'm glad you asked!
In Luke 18, Jesus told his disciples a parable to show they should always pray and never give up. It goes like this -
“There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” - Luke 18:2-5
That sort of persistence is the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving each year. Author Sarah Josepha Hale thought a nationally recognized holiday of thanks would help unify the country and lower the stress of the divide between the northern and southern states. Beginning in 1846, she wrote letters to US presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan. Finally, after 17 persistent years she found a sympathetic ear in President Abraham Lincoln, and now we have a government sanctioned reason to stuff ourselves each November. Thanks Sarah! I lift this turkey leg in your honor.
As we thank God for His blessings this Thanksgiving, we should also keep praying those prayers as yet unanswered. God is not only a righteous judge, He is also our loving Father.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
Phil and Pam