On the radio today, I heard Glenn Beck mention Abraham Lincoln and something profound he had said. Beck is deeply impressed with Lincoln and is mentioning him in a new book coming out.
Bill O'Reilly already has a new book out, totally about Lincoln.
This reminded me of some things my own past research has revealed about Lincoln.
Lincoln once 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...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.”
Schuyler Colfax , who later became Vice President of the United States, said that Lincoln would often get up as early as 4 a.m. in order that he might have time to read his Bible and pray before visitors would begin to arrive at the White House. On one occasion, Lincoln said:
And most touching: On April 14, 1865, just five days after the Civil War had ended, Abraham Lincoln went to Ford’s Theatre with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. She recalled his last words as they sat there:
- "That the Almighty does make use of human agencies, and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest statements of the Bible. I have had so many evidences of His direction, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above."
- "He said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem. And with the words half spoken on his tongue, the bullet of the assassin entered the brain, and the soul of the great and good President was carried by the angels to the New Jerusalem above."