“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord.
‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.'” -Isaiah 55:8-9
Happy 200th Birthday, President Lincoln!
As many of you know, I took a class last semester titled, “Lincoln: The Writer.” I did not even know the title of the course until I went to class. The time just fit with my schedule well. Little did I know that I would become a huge fan of Abraham Lincoln and gain a greater respect for the marble man by looking at his intricate writing process.
So today, on his bicentennial, I share with you one of my favorite private pieces he wrote in the midst of the Civil War and slavery.
Lincoln’s Meditation on the Divine Will
“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party; and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect his purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true; that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, he could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun, he could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”