God Bless Abraham Lincoln

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln is one of my heroes. Against all odds, he rose to become a leader of men and an inspiration to the world.

I ask myself what makes a man great. It’s not his fame. It’s not his office. I think it has to be his concern for far greater than himself.

I noticed in his speeches that Lincoln refers to God often.

When Larry and Carol from Great Falls, Montana, came to visit, they took me to Lincoln's home and Lincoln Museum. This was more than visiting a house and museum. This was getting close to Lincoln and knowing him.

Here’s a little history: (More photos at the end of this entry)

The house Lincoln lived in in Springfield, Illinois, before he went to Washington, D.C., was considered a wealthy home, although today we wouldn’t think so. The rooms were small and simple. Yet the dirt-floor cabin where Lincoln had been born and where his whole family lived in one room and where Abe taught himself to read was smaller than the kitchen of his Springfield home.

After Lincoln was elected and before he took office, seven states had withdrawn from the United States in protest. Can you imagine how Lincoln must have felt?

Some of his advisors suggested that Lincoln just let the states go off if that’s what they wanted. But Lincoln was firm that America would be a union and not a house divided. Others told Lincoln to give those dissenting states a concession like slavery so they would come back to the union. But Lincoln was firm that everyone in the United States would be free and free to rise from any origin, as he had been free to rise.

The two things that are said to have made Lincoln powerful were his determination and his sense of what was right and what was wrong. He sure knew what he thought.

I also want to mention the exquisite command of the English language he had. I read somewhere once that language reveals the consciousness of the person who speaks it. Naturally in those days, candidates wrote their own speeches from their own hearts. In fact, then, candidates did not campaign. They stayed home, and other people campaigned for them.

Lincoln had great sadness. Although his wife had been instrumental in his becoming president, his marriage was greatly troubled. One of his law partners told of how Lincoln would come to work crying, but in an hour would have composed himself.

One son out of four survived childhood. You might be surprised to know that Lincoln was a permissive father. His law partner said that when the boys came to their office, they caused havoc and Lincoln saw no fault in them.

Later, the only surviving son sold Lincoln’s home to the State of Illinois for $1.00 with the proviso that it be maintained as a museum and that never ever would even a penny be charged to tour the home.

When I taught school, I told my classes a little about Abraham Lincoln. He did not learn to read until he was twelve. There were no libraries, and books were hard to come by. He had the Bible to read. And there was a well-to-do man in town who loaned Lincoln books.

What were the books? The ones I remember were Pilgrim’s Progress and Robinson Crusoe and Kirkham’s Grammar. Later, on the tour of the Lincoln Museum, I was reminded of Aesop’s Fables. Larry and Carol read history a lot, and they reminded me that Shakespeare had also had great influence on Lincoln’s use of language.

And what a beautiful and remarkable command of the English language Lincoln had.

Here is his farewell address to all the people gathered at the train depot as he started on his inaugural journey for Washington, D.C., not knowing – as none of us know – what lies ahead:

Springfield, Illinois

February 11, 1861

My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything. Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of the Divine Being who ever attended him, I cannot succeed. With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him Who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.

The house where Abraham Lincoln lived whenhe was elected president

Interior of home of Abraham Lincoln

Interior of home of Abraham Lincolns home

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Thanks Gloria for this peek at Lincon. I agree that he is one who lived his life in God.

Here is a one liner that I love and often comes to mind as a sort of acid test many "religious" folks fail;

"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." ~Abraham Lincoln

Indeed, he sure knew what he thought.

Many thanks for this special entry dedicated to Lincoln. I have appreciated it very much!
I did read a book about J.F. Kennedy, at the beginning of this book, I don't recall the title and author and have lost it in a move, there were many synchron stated between Kennedy and Lincoln, for instance things like "the name of Lincoln's secretary was Kennedy and vice versa". There were stated a lot of these sychron, of all kinds, I found that interesting and curious. Don't if someone has heard of such a thing.
Thanks again for this entry dear Gloria!
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Berit

Senora, what beautiful photographs! Who may I ask took these photos? They are perfect. I've always heard quotes from Lincoln and have heard many speak of him. Your post has stirred my curiosity to read more about this beautiful soul, Lincoln.

Larry and Carol know some great books about Lincoln to read. Do you know that those who opposed Lincoln's becoming president were the very ones he chose to be in his cabinet? Except for one, they all became his true close friends.

Senor, I took those photographs! At least I believe they were all mine. Carol, correct me if I'm mistaken!

With love and blessings,

Gloria

The photos are very well framed. They look like they are professional shots. Perspective, depth and balance with great lighting. The pictures tell a story on their own. Well done!

One, did you ever hear of cropping?!! Carol introduced me to a program called Picasa, which allows me to crop, lighten, straighten, and to adjust contrast and color! I have fun doing those things. The program is so good that I can even undo whatever I've done if I don't like the result!

Just about the only thing I can't do is to figure out how to post photos on the blog so you don't have to do it!

Many thanks for everything!

With love and blessings,

Gloria

I too, share a great reverence and regard for Mr. Lincoln. We were fortunate to have had such a good president.

Lincoln what a man... I went to a college where he and his opponent Douglas stood to debate.. I explored the underground railroad that still was evident, so much of Lincoln's legacy. He endured until his time of earth was ended, looking forward and to the betterment of all people.

Thank you for reminding us of his courage his encompassing embrace of all who lived in this country, and inspired many others with his simplicity. and love

Love his inspiration

Jeanne

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