The True Thanksgiver

Thankfulness is an acknowledgment for something received. How it uplifts the affections to feel the spiritual grace of a truly thankful heart! Can the divine plan be other that that everyone should be a true thanksgiver? Surely, the command, "Be ye thanksful," should be obeyed as carefully as other Bible precepts.

In early Bible history, ceremonial thanksgiving was observed with burnt offerings. As thought became more spiritual, thanksgiving became less material. As the false concept of God as capable of both good and evil gave place to the understanding of God as changeless Love, "who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who health all thy diseases," thanksgiving was more clearly understood to be a spiritual quality.

Thanks before the Gift
November 24, 1928

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