Thursday, May 16, 2019

Starting to Blog Again

The reason for beginning this blog is in these troubled times we need to find strength and answers.  One of
those ways is to look to the past and see how others found victory and peace.  I can't think of a better example than the life of Abraham Lincoln.  As the months go on we will let the life and words of Lincoln help point us to where he found his strength because the ghost of Lincoln still speaks, because the God of Lincoln still speaks.

Many Americans don't realize that Lincoln actually instituted many forms of public recognition of God that we take for granted today.  During his presidency, he declared more days of prayer, fasting and thanksgiving than any president before or since.  And, few realize that our traditional Thanksgiving celebration became a national holiday only after Lincoln's proclamation in 1863.  Yet despite this pious pedigree, Lincoln was not actually committed to orthodox Christianity until close to the end of his life.

Then, in 1862, Lincoln's life took a dramatic turn.  The war was not going well for the Union, and Lincoln was being savaged in both the Yankee and Confederate press.  Personal tragedy struck as well, when his beloved son Willie died suddenly.  Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd, after the death of her son suffered great bouts of depression which caused her to turn to spiritism and seances--but her husband instead sought his solace in the Bible.  Confronted with the loss of little Willie and yet another devastating Union defeat at the second Battle of Manassas, a humbled Lincoln finally embraced Christ.  "My own wisdom seemed insufficient," he wrote to a friend.  I was "driven many times upon my knees  by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go."

Facing the country's disunity and the slavery issue, Lincoln saw no easy answers.  He became convinced that blame for the war lay on both sides.  Faced with the realities of the miserable conflict, he resigned himself to God's providence.

It was the horrors of war that forced him to seek refuge in God; and in Him was where he found true peace.  Lincoln's words speak for themselves.  He told a friend: "When everyone seemed panic-stricken, I got down on my knees before Almighty God and prayed.  Soon a sweet comfort crept into my soul."

Lincoln's comfort and peace came from a daily relationship with God.  Hopefully these blogs and your own personal time with God will bring you the same peace and comfort.

2 comments:

  1. I've never followed a blog before. I need God's comfort in my soul. The horrors of the war we are in sometimes bring such sadness. I catch myself worrying, and need to refocus, and turn those souls back over to God.

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  2. I never knew that about Lincoln and his wife. Yes indeed, our God, brings comfort and peace like nothing else ever could. True peace.

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