Sarah was Abram/Abraham’s wife, and she lived for many years as a childless wife. In her time and in her culture, a childless woman was a useless woman. Sarah must have endured many humiliations. The scripture says Abram was 99 years old when God made a covenant with him. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham, because, God says, “I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations.” We can only imagine Sarah’s reaction when Abraham told her this news. We know her reaction when three men sent by God visited their tent near the oaks of Mamre and promised that Sarah would bear a son. She laughed. Sarah believed God’s promises and rejoiced in them, but she also got the joke. Abraham was 100 years old when his aged wife laid their first-born child in his arms. Let’s hope Abraham laughed, too.
One of our homes in Red Deer chose St. Sarah as their patron Saint. The staff chose her because they believe laughter is healing and it also lifts spirits and inspires. Their hope is that all who live and enter the home find a spirit of joy.