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Today the question might arise, "What is there for which to be grateful in a world plunged in bitter warfare, confusion, and controversy?"

Throughout history there are outstanding examples of those who learned to give thanks even before the blessings were apparent. When the men at the court of Darius were plotting against Daniel and had obtained the signature of the king to a decree to have anyone petitioning "any God or man for thirty days" save Darius thrown into the den of lions, that great servant of God went into his room and "kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." Instead of submitting to fear, to doubt, and appealing to the king for aid against his enemies, he turned wholeheartedly to God and gave thanks.

When Jesus was confronted with the multitudes and there appeared to be only a few loaves and fishes wherewith to feed them, it is recorded that he lifted his eyes to heaven and gave thanks. Then there followed that great demonstration of God's bounteous love and care for His children, when Jesus broke the loaves and fishes into fragments and there remained several baskets full after the multitudes had been fed.

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