Far from the thanksgiving of childhood. We find ourselves this day not at the family table enjoying the turkey, companionship and thoughts of yesteryear; but at a new table, with other friends and different thoughts.
The more mature thanksgiving that this year has brought us has found us in a place we had not expected, facing an exacting challenge. We have found ourselves in a world that does not measure up to our childhood standards; a world in which a basic ideological conflict requires of us many sacrifices and strenuous endeavors.
Can we not find, however, in this situation the real meaning of thanksgiving? The reality of a hard won and hard kept peace for ourselves, our families and our nation. Can we not thank God this day with a true realization of the value of our several blessings? Have we not learned to be truly thankful?