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THE ONLY ONE IN THIRTY-FIVE YEARS
A soldier in the American Third Army was sent to a rest camp after a period of active service. When he returned to his outfit, he wrote a letter to General George Patton and thanked him for the splendid care he had received.
General Patton wrote back that for thirty-five years he had sought to give all the comfort and convenience he could to his men, and added that this was the first letter of thanks he had received in all his years in the Army.
There are few points at which human nature is more lacking than in lack of gratitude. Parents must constantly say to children who have received some gift, "Now what do you say?" As we grow older we become hardened to the good things of life and do not think of thanking God who is the giver of "every good gift and every perfect gift."
The best rule is the one given by Paul, "In every thing give thanks," and especially "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."
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