The Chief Executive of our nation has appointed and set apart, Thursday, November 29, "to be observed by all the people of the United States, at home and abroad, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Him who holds the nation in the hollow of His hand."

As Christian Scientists we do most gladly unite with our fellow-countrymen in giving thanks to God for His goodness and mercy toward us, and for the countless blessings He has bestowed upon us as a nation and as individuals. While we strive to give thanks daily and hourly, yet we esteem the privilege of making this day a special season of thanksgiving and praise to Him in whom "we live, and move, and have our being."

Without doubt one of the greatest needs of the hour is a more just recognition and acknowledgment of what God has done for our native land. We must not lose sight of the fact that all the freedom we enjoy—religious, political, and civil—is the result of our country's faith in God, and the triumph of right over wrong. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Do we, as individuals and as a nation, desire greater freedom and a more liberal out-pouring of blessings from on high? Then let us humbly and sincerely thank God for His goodness and devoutly pray that we may be worthy of "the continuance of His divine favor," ever mindful of the fact that as a nation, as well as individuals, we shall reap as we sow.

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The Wednesday Evening Service
November 29, 1900

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