The Midnight Ride of William Dawes
|Dale and Patti Coad with two LACC students|
By AGWM missionary Dale Coad, Caribbean area director
On April 18, 1775, two men were sent on a dangerous mission to warn of the impending British invasion of the American colonies.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalizes only Paul Revere while William Dawes fades into obscurity.
Incensed by the injustice, Helen Moore wrote a poem on behalf of Dawes:
I am a wandering, bitter shade
Never of me was a hero made …
This all very well for the children to hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere;
But why should my name be quite forgot …
Why should I ask? The reason is clear —
My name is Dawes and his Revere.
Perhaps you identify with Dawes. Some of you labor in obscure fields where your names won’t make the history books. I want to encourage you. God knows your hearts and sees your labor.
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
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