THE NOBLER THANKSGIVING

Once upon a time there was a small boy who, being given a sugar-plum, proceeded to swallow it without indicating in any way his appreciation of the kindness of the giver; whereupon the latter said, "Well, aren't you thankful for it?" "Yes," he answered: "I be. Gimme another."

This little story serves to illustrate an aspect of asserted human gratitude which we have all noted in others, surely, if not in ourselves. It is that expression of physical satisfaction, together with a longing desire for its repetition. which pertains to the pleasure-seeking world. Such a giving of thanks is recognized as conventionally fitting, and it may be a distinctly better attitude of mind than that of indifference to favors bestowed. True gratitude, however, is an entirely different thing. It is felt and expressed only when wholesome "creature comforts" are recognized as symbols of that spiritual good which comes from God alone.

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