REASONS FOR THANKSGIVING.
the return of tranquillity to our bleeding and distracted
The service is certainly called for, and the words just
repeated, " The right hand of the Lord is exalted, the
right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly," give just such
direction to our thoughts as they ought to take. Nothing
could be more beautiful than the sentiment here con¬
veyed, and nothing could be more beautifully expressed.
It takes the entire glory of any good achieved from the
creature, whose breath is in his nostrils, and who is not
to be accounted of, and gives it where alone it is due, to
Only little more than three months ago, we were
summoned as a nation to unite in fasting and prayer.
Disappointments, delays and defeats had spread a degree
of gloom over the public mind, so that men usually
strong and of good courage, seemed for the time
depressed; and this gloom was subsequently deepened
by an invasion, skilfully planned, and of most portentous
aspects. But within the last five and thirty days how
surprisingly has the tide of affairs turned. One exploit
has followed another in such rapid succession that every
patriotic bosom is filled with gratitude, and we are all
ready to say to each other, "O give thanks unto the
Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endureth forever.
Serve him with gladness and come before his presence
The message is specific, referring to the signal victories
which God has lately vouchsafed to our army and navy;