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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Reflections

The first time I remember reading the Wall Street Journal's annual Thanksgiving editorials was about eighteen years ago. I was spending my Thanksgiving break from college with relatives and distinctly remember sitting in my aunt's dining room on Thursday morning, the Wall Street Journal spread out before me, and reading this pair of articles. It seems that in every year since then the articles have become more meaningful and rich. It is I who have changed.

The first, "The Desolate Wilderness," begins,
Here beginneth the chronicle of those memorable circumstances of the year 1620, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton, keeper of the records of Plymouth Colony, based on the account of William Bradford, sometime governor thereof:

So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits. (Continue reading.)

"And the Fair Land," an editorial written in 1961 by then-editor Vermont Royster:
Any one whose labors take him into the far reaches of the country, as ours lately have done, is bound to mark how the years have made the land grow fruitful.

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... (Continue reading.)

Happy Thanksgiving.

1 comment:

Meredith said...

I hope you had a great day of thanksgiving. I really like the idea of Thanksgiving Day and have done a little reading into the background and origins. I'm more keyed into it as an event this year, having spent some time reading blogs from your neck of the woods this year. But it is such a good idea to set the day aside to be thankful.

How I wish that Australian culture, if it were to adopt one holiday/event from your calendar, had chosen Thanksgiving rather than Halloween!

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