Happy 200th Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Robin'sBrood, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    This is from a daily devotional book I have that was written in 1996 by Dr. D. James Kennedy. With our country in the condition it is in today, I think this is very good advice indeed.

    "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord... Psalm 33:12

    Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. This sixteenth president of the United States did tremendous things for our country, and he earned the lasting respect and loyalty of American citizens. But was he a Christian? A clergyman once asked Lincoln, "Do you love Jesus?" Lincoln responded, "When I left Springfield, I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ. Yes, I do love Jesus."
    Lincoln was a humble and forgiving person, and he exemplifies our need as a nation to humble ourselves before God. During the dark days of the Civil War, he declared national days of fasting and prayer (not a unique practice in that time.) In one of those proclamations, he said:

    It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.
    ...We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God.
    ...It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness. (March 30, 1863)

    In our day, with terrible crime rates and immorality of every kind, we would do well to heed Lincoln's words. Today, humble yourself before God, and ask Him to grant His mercy on this nation.
  2. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI
    Dh and I visited the Lincoln birthplace and memorial in KY on our honeymoon. We bought this poster:

    The "Cannots" by Lincoln

    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
    You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot establish security with borrowed money.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
    You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

    Great words to live by; and it's still appropriate today.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Boy do I love Lincoln and we went to the museum in Springfield last Saturday and it was beautiful. It was not the first time I've been there but each and every time, there was some kind of awe about him.

    Happy Birthday, Abe!

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