It is quite appropriate that the Thanksgiving season should be associated in human thought with the harvest time. With fruition there naturally comes a sense of thankfulness and rejoicing. No heart is so dull that it does not feel grateful when some victory has been won, some honest effort has achieved success, some patient endeavor has reached fulfillment. What is true of the individual becomes equally true of the multitude, and many a time happy songs of praise have ascended when triumphs have been recorded.

Paul, however, talks to us of thanksgiving under quite different circumstances. He says, "We glory in tribulation," and then he goes on to explain why; for, he says, "tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts." Now all this is exactly contrary to the human method of procedure, which starts out by saying: If I have the love of God in my heart I can have hope; if I can but hope I will be able to gain experience; with experience I can learn how to be patient; with patience, it would perhaps be possible to stand tribulation; and with such spiritual attainment I might be able to rejoice.

November 22, 1919

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