ABRAHAM LINCOLN

If we can’t be giants, we can walk with giants.  Such a man was Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln was a rare, spiritual giant.  In my book, “Max Speaking – Devotionals From My Heart,”  I wrote several devotionals on Lincoln.  I wanted something a little different as we celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th.  It seems to me the mind and heart of this great man can be seen and heard in his most famous speech.  You may have memorized it in school and certainly have heard it.  The speech lasted less than three minutes and contained only 272 words.  It is a superb, brilliant speech.  Here it is:
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – November 19, 1863
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.  We are met on a great battlefield of that war.  We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.  But in a larger sense we cannot so dedicate, we  cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here: but it cannot forget what they did here.  It is for us the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion: that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain: that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

“The Gettysburg Address” is long remembered, even though Lincoln thought it would be soon forgotten.  We remember it because of what Lincoln himself stood for. The Civil War was the great burden of Lincoln’s heart.  This war lasted 4 years beginning April 12, 1861 and ended April 9, 1865.  At least 618,000 Americans died in the Civil War. Lincoln was tragically assassinated before he could oversee the reconstruction of the South.

The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln preserved the Union during the American Civil War. Lincoln’s inner qualities of faithfulness, honesty, resolution, humor and courage gave him the strength to lead his country during the bloodiest years of its existence.  Lincoln said, “I leave you hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.”

May God give us more men like Abraham Lincoln.

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