Gracious God, we bless your Name for the vision and witness of Sarah Hale, whose advocacy for the ministry of women helped to support the deaconess movement. Make us grateful for your many blessings, that we may come closer to Christ in our own families; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (f.d. April 30) accomplished many things in her long life, though her short children's poem, "Mary's Lamb," is likely better known than her many other ventures, including long editorship of Godey's Ladies' Book, her advocacy for women's education and role in founding Vassar, and her lobbying for the creation of a national holiday for Thanksgiving. She was a tough New Hampshire woman with an indomitable spirit.
The image is a quick icon in watercolor pencil, a technique I am much enjoying exploring of late.
Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG