President Lincoln Comforted a Grieving Mother
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