Thanksgiving is upon us, and I’m looking forward to some time off to be with my family. It’s also a great time to reflect on the many things for which I’m thankful. A couple of things have happened this week which have reminded me of how thankful I am for this nation.
Yesterday I watched the movie, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Day-Lewis performed remarkably. I’ve never seen a better portrayal of Lincoln in cinema. The movie focuses on how Lincoln “fitted” for his time was able to push for the passage of the 13th amendment. We owe a great debt of gratitude to this man and his determination to keep this the United States of America.
Today we recognized the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s 272 word gem promised our nation a “new birth of freedom.” So let’s not forget what’s happened in our history and the ones who have sacrificed to keep us together.
Our nation is going through some tough times right now, but let’s not forget that we’ve seen tougher. I still believe God has His Hand on this country. We can and will endure.
Take a minute with me and reflect on the greatest speech in American history.
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.