THE GIVING OF THANKS

Gratitude for the things that conduce to comfort and wholesome living,—this is well, but every broadening man has begun to realize that the nobler, more significant thanksgiving compasses the lives which have made for humanity's freedom and progress, the lives which were consecrated to and became the channels of that liberty and love without which there can be no wealth or happiness.

As representatives of the human race, we all begin with hunger, and hence we must legitimately acquire the things which satisfy hunger. This common want soon differentiates itself, however, into forms that range above the physical. We hunger for life, opportunity, knowledge, growth, all the higher possessions which we of as pertaining to and enriching personal and religious liberty, and here we should begin to realize our unnumbered occasions for gratitude that among our forbears were those who fulfilled the Scripture requirement of loyalty to their highest convictions of truth and duty "until death."

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