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by Mark Jones

A good friend reminded me that today, November 19th is the 149th Anniversary of the Gettysburg address.  Less than 30% of the people of the United States in 1863 supported President Lincoln.  Over 95% of the newspapers in the United States, after the address was given, said, “…it is not worthy to read.”

 Take a few minutes to read this address which along with the Declaration of Independence are the keystones of American Philosophy:

 “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

 Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.  We are met on a great battle-field of that war.  We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.  It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

 But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.  It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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  1. What a great reminder! It makes me think, in turn, how much of our labor for the Lord we are so often convinced will produce no fruit. And when we grow impatient and cannot see results within OUR desired timeframe, we become restless and even hopeless. Yet, in God’s timeframe, how different it all looks! I am grateful His perspective is much further and deeper than mine. President Lincoln stands as a rare and inspiring example of patience, perseverance, and thinking beyond the current, the temporary . . . much of that learning wrought from his very painful personal challenges. Great stuff!

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