Thanksgiving

Classic and contemporary excerpts.

ALL PRAISE TO GOD
Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind:

For his mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us blaze his name abroad,
For of gods he is the God:

He, with all-commanding might,
Filled the new-made world with light:

All things living he doth feed,
His full hand supplies their need:

He his chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness:

Let us then with gladsome mind
Praise the Lord, for he is kind.

—John Milton, quoted in
Gazing on Truth


MATTER OF THE HEART
The heart must be alive with gracious gratitude, or the leaf cannot long be green with living holiness.

—C. H. Spurgeon in
Flowers from a Puritan's Garden

HIS HOUSE, OUR HOME
There are a hundred touches of kindness that come to us every day to tell us that we are not orphans or outcasts upon the earth. Every trace of order, every gleam of beauty, every provision of bounty in the natural world, is an evidence that it is God's house.

—Henry van Dyke in
The Upward Path

IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS
Taking [a] "servant" attitude of thankfulness in all of life's circumstances will help you react as old Matthew Henry did when he was mugged. He wrote in his diary, "Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed."

I wonder if I could be that thankful. Could you?

—Billy Graham in
Unto the Hills

NO ROOM FOR CYNICISM
A thankful heart cannot be cynical.

—A. W. Tozer in
Signposts

THANKS THAT'S PERSONAL One Thanksgiving Day I was home alone in the evening. On my favorite radio program Bill Pearce, the host of "Night Sounds," ...

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