Little did the Patriarch Abraham realize that his name would be given to a baby born February 12, 1809 in a Kentucky log cabin. Why Thomas and Nancy Lincoln chose the name of Abraham is not much of a mystery.
However, from such humble beginnings, one would not have assumed that a boy carrying the name of a biblical patriarch would have anything to do with forming a new nation, but destiny has ways of surprising the world, and destiny is not governed by the status quo.
This is Mr. Lincoln’s 202nd birthday. Here’s a quote from the man who oversaw a nation at war with itself.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. First Inaugural Address
In the USA today, the country’s turmoil within itself can profit by heeding the words above. When political opponents are viewed as enemies and the better angels of their nature are held at bay, it would be well to remember the mystic chords of memory. For it is within these mystic chords the national identity is found where every American is equal and shares the heritage given down through the centuries paid for by blood and sacrifice.
Happy birthday, Mr. Lincoln, we certainly need your wisdom today.
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. Second Inaugural Address
G. D. Williams © 2011
Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address
Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
Video from the 2008 Republican National Convention
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln – A Tribute (Ashokan Farewell)
The Battle Hymn of the Republic