Lincoln Comforted a Grieving Mother Over the Loss of Her Sons

President Lincoln Comforted a Grieving Mother

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Lincoln Grieved Over the Loss of His Own Son Willie

 President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary were not exempt from suffering. In 1862, after the death of their son Willie, Lincoln looked to the Lord for strength and help. He said, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God…”

Through the death of son Willie, Lincoln could identify with parents who lost their young sons in battle. His heart-felt sympathy was bestowed upon a grieving mother.

“I feel how weak and fruitless it must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

-From “Battlefields and Blessings; Stories of Faith and Courage from the Civil War,” , Terry R. Tuley, AMG International

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NEVER GIVE UP!

Chattanooga, 1863.  The familiar profile of Lookout Mountain in the background

Chattanooga, TN 1863

The Chattanooga Rebel. On July 2, 1863 an article appeared which read:

“Whenever you hear an excited individual proclaiming on the streets the approach of several millions of Yankees to burn some bridge or take some village, you may know him for a designing liar who wishes to get up a panic, to justify his own indecent retreat from danger. Nevertheless, that need not prevent you from cleaning up your old rifle and putting a new flint to the hammer. There is many a brave man not in the field, but a home ready to do his part whenever his services are required; and we trust each one will put down the circulation of rumors and encourage the circulation of bullets.

‘Soldiers of the Army of Tennessee, from all the Southern States of your sunny land, the nation watches you with breathless interest”

Never give up!

Never give up! though the grape shot may rattle,

Or the full thunder cloud over you burst,

Stand like a rock, and the storm or the battle

Little shall harm you although doing their worst.

Never give up! if adversity presses,

Providence wisely has mingled the cup,

And the best counsel in all your distresses,

Is the stout-hearted watchword of never give up.

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“Safe in Batttle as in Bed”

Safe in Battle as in Bed

General Stonewall Jackson

The courage of Civil War leader Stonewall Jackson on the battlefield can be a lesson for us believers. Historian Mark Brinsley wrote:

A battlefield is a deadly place, even for generals; and it would be naïve to suppose Jackson never felt fear… But invariably he displayed extraordinary calm under fire…after the first Manassas battle someone asked him how he managed it. “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed…God knows the time of my death. I do not concern myself about that but to always be ready…”1

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most  High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…’He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’…He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge…A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:1-7)

The secret of bravery in Jackson’s opinion was a firm reliance on God’s providential care and a readiness to meet him at any moment…”Fear the Lord, and you will have nothing else to fear.”

 

 


1              Tuley, Terry , Battle fields and Blessings; Stores of Faith and Courage from the Civil War, AMG Pub., Chattanooga, TN, 12.

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The NRA Has A Brilliant Idea That Makes Sense

The NRA is using some practical, down to earth, good sense when it comes to battling the violence perpetrated on our schools. They are proposing to place armed officers in every school in America. They are suggesting volunteers. That would solve the money problem. There are many men and women who are armed to carry in our nation that would be glad to donate their time to protect our schools (me included). Of course, they should be required to have their background and history totally investigated by the FBI. Then they should be properly trained by law enforcement in school protection. This makes good practical sense. NRA president La Pierre said, “The best way to stop”bad guys” with guns is “good guys” with guns.

Why can’t liberals just use some common sense. Posting an armed security person at every school door in America WILL STOP THIS MADNESS!

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“I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day; The Story Behind the Song

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived during our nation’s bloody Civil War. While living in Massechusetts, Longfellows beloved wife Fanny decided to trim the locks of her daughter’s hair on a hot July day. Fanny decided to save the locks of hair and preserve them in an envelope. She lit a candle and let the hot wax drip on the envelope to seal it as was custom in those days. As she tilted the candle to drip the hot wax on the envelope, a strong breeze blew through the window causing the hot wax to drip on her dress and ignite. When her dress caught on fire, she ran to her husband’s room. Longfellow tried to put the fire out with his own body and was burned in the process. Fanny experienced severe burns throughout her body. Early the next morning she died. Henry was devastated. Not long after he heard his son was wounded in battle. Heaviness gripped Longfellow’s heart and he wrote to his family near Christmas and said, “The children all wish you a Merry Christmas, but it will not be a Merry Christmas for me.” After nearly four years of grief Longfellow arose on Christmas to hear bells from a church tolling in the distance. Henry began to sense the presence of God in his life once again.

Longfellow was inspired. He took his pen and wrote the following words to a familiar Christmas song. Follow the words carefully. Maybe you have been struggling grief. The Lord is able to lift you from grief and despair.

Merry Christmas,

Terry

 

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”


Historical Note: This hymn was writ­ten dur­ing the Amer­i­can civil war, as re­flect­ed by the sense of des­pair in the next to last stan­za. Stan­zas 4-5 speak of the bat­tle, and are usual­ly omit­ted from hymn­als:

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound the carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn, the households born
Of peace on earth, good will to men.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Crisis in Connecticut, 28 Dead

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The recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school has been termed as a senseless act of violence. A more correct terminology for the tragedy is that it was a hideous, ugly act of violence and aggression by a 20-year-old who undoubtedly was possessed by a whole legion of demons from hell. We are all mourning the death of these innocents and our prayers are continually rising to heaven on their behalf.

Now, the rest of the story…the liberal news media is already beginning to suggest we need more gun control laws. Of course, the biased liberals have been looking for an excuse for years to take away our constitutional right to bear arms. Any sane, thinking American knows that if you take away guns only criminals will have guns. Cocaine has been outlawed as an illegal drug. Does that stop people from getting the drug if they want it? Case closed!

There would be no America if it wasn’t for the lay person militias who took up arms against the oppressive British to win our independence as a nation. We live in a great nation that should be for the people, by the people and of the people. If it ever becomes otherwise, every American has the right to take up arms against such oppression, even if it means standing against their own government.

We also have a right to protect ourselves. We are peace-loving Americans. But…if anyone invades our space and tries to bring bodily harm WE WILL EXERCISE OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!

These pea-headed, compromising, liberals need to leave America and move to a third world country and experience what is like to have no personal protection from thieves and murderers.

In the mean time, I am going to fight for my God-given rights guaranteed me by the constitution. In time, the wrongs will righted, and good will prevail. Getting rid of guns will solve nothing!

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Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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“And in the end, it’s not the years in you life that count. Its the life in your years.”

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms’, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”

“If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.”

 

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