The turkey was fresh from the oven. Sarah Josepha Hale asked her five children to join hands in thanksgiving.
The baby grabbed on to Sarah’s finger, but the other four hesitated. Sarah understood. They had just returned from their father’s grave and were not in a thankful mood.
So she bowed her head alone.
“Dear Lord, we are thankful for having known him,” she began. “We are thankful for his love. And we are thankful for the love we have for each other.”
As Sarah spoke, her children fumbled for each other’s hands. As one, they thanked God for their good fortune.
After she said “Amen,” Sarah sent out one last silent prayer: “Please, God, help me find a way to support my family.”
– from Sarah Gives Thanks, Albert Whitman & Co., 2012