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Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were, they then knew not: for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to Heaven) they could have but little solace or content in respect of any outward object; for summer being ended, all things stand in appearance with a weatherbeaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew.
-- From "The Desolate Wilderness", one of two classic Wall Street Journal opinion columns that has been printed every year at Thanksgiving since 1961
This is indeed a big country, a rich country, in a way no array of figures can measure and so in a way past belief of those who have not seen it. Even those who journey through its Northeastern complex, into the Southern lands, across the central plains and to its Western slopes can only glimpse a measure of the bounty of America.
And a traveler cannot but be struck on his journey by the thought that this country, one day, can be even greater. America, though many know it not, is one of the great underdeveloped countries of the world; what it reaches for exceeds by far what it has grasped.
So the visitor returns thankful for much of what he has seen, and, in spite of everything, an optimist about what his country might be. Yet the visitor, if he is to make an honest report, must also note the air of unease that hangs everywhere.
-- From "And the Fair Land", the second of the two columns
It says something about the times in which we live that thanking the Lord at the dinner table is falling out of fashion. That was certainly the case at the last Thanksgiving dinner I spent with my aunt's family two years back; out of like 20 people present, I was the only one who thanked God for all that He has given us. (Admittedly, I was the only conservative-minded person present; everyone else was either a SWPL or Asian liberal, so you do the maths.)
I don't say this because I am in any way a particularly nice or religious or decent person- because I am none of these things- but because I find it astonishing that a people once filled with faith and love of the Lord have so completely turned away from Him.
Yet the Lord is indeed merciful, generous, and filled with paternal good humour; all you have to do to see this, is to open your eyes.
May God bless you and yours on this day. And always, always, may God bless America.
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