This phrase came to mind today as I was reading a book by Andy Andrews, The Traveler’s Gift. In the book “The Traveler” has an encounter from the past with Abraham Lincoln (if you want to know more, get the book, it’s great!) and it was at the time when Lincoln was preparing to give his, now famous, “Gettysburg Address”. The speech is quoted in the story and as I read it, it brought tears to my eyes.
You see, the speech was written and delivered in the midst of the Civil War, when our nation was divided, North and South, Democrat and Republican, families divided and brothers fighting against brothers! There was so much hate among men.
I thought about how our nation is not so very different now! Yet, inspite of that, I found encouragement in President Lincoln’s message. The war ended after many lives were lost but the country slowly but surely, began to heal and people began to care about one another again and together we built back our nation, not perfect but we were blessed by God in the work.
It gives me hope for our nation now. I know there are still problems in our nation, big problems, but I still believe it is the greatest nation in the world and I believe, God being our help, we can bring and end to the hate and division again; to forgive and rise up to be the nation we were created to be.
I hope you will be encouraged, as I was, as you read the Gettysburg Address with a fresh look. It is posted below:
And may God bless America!!!