Lost Episode for November 21

On November 21, 1864, President Lincoln sent a letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby of Boston, who had reportedly lost five sons in the Civil War: “Dear Madam, I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. “I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. “I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”* Abraham Lincoln’s heartfelt letter and eloquent prayer for this mother who lost her sons in battle is yet another lost episode in American history. Read and Reflect: Read John 15:13 and reflect on Jesus’ words about sacrifice and compare that with the sacrifice made by Mrs. Bixby. Prayer: Father, during this season of thanksgiving, we are so grateful for the sacrifices made by the members of our military as well as those made by their families. We ask your richest blessings on them, in Jesus’ Name, Amen. *Source Citation: Roy P. Basler, Jr., […]

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