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Thanksgiving 1

Thanksgiving Day

First among the things to be thankful for
is a thankful spirit. Some people would
grumble at the accommodations in Heaven
if they ever got there. They take their
blessings here so much as a matter of
course, that even a day of general
thanksgiving once in a year is more
than they feel any need of. And if
their personal blessings in any measure
fail, gratitude for what they have had
or still enjoy is the last thing they
think of. Another class really desire to
be thankful, but they are naturally
depondent. Their sky is as dark with
clouds as though a special Old
Probabilities were employed to keep it
full. They go through the world in a
deprecating spirit, hoping things may
turn out well yet fearing for the
worst. We always feel glad for this
class when Thanksgiving Day comes
around. They then have an official
warrant for gratitude. If their won
hearts do not formulate blessings,
they can listen to the sermon, or
look to the President's proclamation.

How different with the thankful heart!
What a gift it is to be born with an
outlook toward the bright side of
things! And if not so by nature,
what a triumph of grace to be made
thankful through a renewed heart!
It is so much more comfortable and
rational to see what we have to be
thankful for and to rejoice accordingly,
than to have our vision for ever filled
with our lacks and our needs. Happy
are they who possess this gift!
Blessings may fail and fortunes vary,
but the thankful heart remains. The
happy past, at least, is secure and
Heaven is ahead.
Golden Rule
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