The Nation and the True Man

As individuals advance in years, they are very apt to ask themselves, when their birthdays come to remind them of the high hopes with which they set sail on life's voyage, whether or not they have realized these hopes, and thinkers are wont to question the past and the future no less seriously each time the nation's natal day comes with' the revolving years. A retrospective glance over the history of this country can but give a sense of satisfaction with the present, if prosperity and progress are to be measured by external conditions. It is scarcely possible that those who were present at the birth of this nation could have foreseen its unexampled development at home, and the rank it has come to hold among the foremost nations of the earth.

For all this and for yet greater blessings we should be profoundly thankful to the Giver of all good, and grateful also to those who have proved the power of divine intelligence and its law to exalt the individual and the nation alike In the midst of the evils which have attended our advance in wealth, and which seem to menace the safety of the nation, there can be no question that we are attaining to a truer sense of what constitutes prosperity, and the fact that these evils are so clearly recognized as evils, while it is generally conceded that the only remedy is individual righteousness, gives a sure promise of coming deliverance.

A Garden Gleaning
July 8, 1905

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