Fyodor Dostoyevsky once labeled man as “the ungrateful biped.”

“Give a man everything he wants,” declared Immanuel Kant, “and at that moment, everything will not be everything.”

Yet here we are on the eve of a new Thanksgiving — one of the best times of the year. It’s great to be reminded of our nation’s rich spiritual heritage; a national, annual holiday (with an interesting history) has been set aside to thank God for His many blessings.

So often it’s tempting to be thankless, as we think about all our problems — including the poor economy, the setback in biblical morality in the culture at large, challenges for the future, etc.

If we’re tempted to hold back our thanksgiving during this Thanksgiving, we should remember the difficulties faced by those who initiated the tradition.

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