Signs of the Times

Dr. Ralph D. Evans in RIB, bulletin of the Boulder Rotary Club as reported in

Boulder, Colorado

The first Thanksgiving Day came in 1621 in the midst of intense trial and deprivation. Yet a handful of people took their exes off their troubles and raised them in humble thanks to God for the things that they did have which made their struggle worth while. They arose stronger and freer than they had ever been before, ready to carry on, come what may, for they had found that their blessings far outweighed their troubles. ... So, they gave thanks. They had reason to give thanks. So do we have reason to give thanks. Thanksgiving is somehow the most genuine of holidays, It celebrates no battle, no birthday of a great man, no political revolution, or no church ritual, it is a great holiday of common people who have worked all year and now pause to thank God for His unfailing care. It is an appraisal of the simplest blessings of common life.

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