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Thanksgiving in a Thankless World

Cartoon in Punch of a man praying at bedside saying: "Is there some way you could help me, but make it look like I did it all myself?"

Note in the "Personals" section of the Chicago Tribune: "Thanks to God and Jesus Christ for prayers answered. K.W.G." 1
Prayer of the Selfish Child
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
And if I die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my toys to break
So none of the other kids can use 'em …
Shel Silverstein

An old man wistfully reads the Hebrew Scripture's promise of a Messiah to come. Night after night he reads until the light or his energy wanes. Each night he prays, O, that I could see the Messiah before I die!

Silence is his only answer. Still he prays.

Then one night he prays and, instead of silence, God answers: I have heard your prayer. You shall see the Promised One.

Not sure he has heard correctly, the old man continues his yearning prayer on the nights that follow—yet the answer grows stronger, more firm. You shall see him. ...

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