Here’s a Canadian who knows a thing or two about both the United States and thankfulness. Take it away, Mark Steyn:
Three hundred and eighty-six years ago, the pilgrims thanked God because there was a place for them in this land, and it was indeed grand. The land is grander today, and that too is remarkable: France has lurched from Second Empires to Fifth Republics struggling to devise a lasting constitutional settlement for the same smallish chunk of real estate, but the principles that united a baker’s dozen of East Coast colonies were resilient enough to expand across a continent and halfway around the globe to Hawaii. Americans should, as always, be thankful this Thanksgiving, but they should also understand just how rare in human history their blessings are.
It’s been a couple of years since he wrote this, but the whole piece is worth your consideration.
We are indeed given much. We should be unafraid to offer much to keep it–seeing that a much greater price is required of those who would seek the freedoms which are ours.