- Who are some of the people you admire?
- How do you honor or celebrate them?
- What will you do to remember Abraham Lincoln, on this his birthday?
Reading: Matthew 17: 24-26
Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is today, is one of my favorite presidents. I admire what he did during his years in the White House. I am interested in the events surrounding the Civil War. And, I have read about his assassination and his final days.
I think Lincoln's shining achievement is the Emancipation Proclamation. What a bold step to take, freeing the slaves in the middle of the Civil War. I'm sure he agonized over what to do and knew the right thing to do was what he did. I'm sure he knew that his plan would not be popular with Americans in the south. But he did it anyway. You have to admire him for that.
Abraham Lincoln was a savior of sorts, setting the slaves free. He died at the hands of an evil man who took a gun and shot him in Ford's Theatre. I'm sure there have been comparisons between Abraham Lincoln and Christ. Abe died at the hands of evil, just as Christ died at the hands of evil-- sin. Lincoln set people free, as did Christ.
I have also read accounts which show me that Lincoln had a strong faith. I'm sure that faith sustained him during the Civil War. I don't know what else would have. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss with others or mediate on this quote: "Always behave like a duck. Keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath." (Jacob Braude)