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Lincoln’s Farewell Address
Lincoln was preparing to leave his beloved Springfield, Illinois, to assume his duties in Washington, D.C. Before he left, he gave the following farewell speech to ...

Lincoln’s Farewell Address

Lincoln was preparing to leave his beloved Springfield, Illinois, to assume his duties in Washington, D.C. Before he left, he gave the following farewell speech to supporters:

My friends, no one can appreciate the sadness I feel at this parting. To this people I owe all that I am. Here I have lived more than a quarter of a century. Here my children were born, and here one of them lies buried. I know not how soon I shall see you again. A duty devolves upon me which is perhaps greater than that which has devolved upon any other man since the days of Washington. He never would have succeeded, except for the aid of Divine Providence, upon which he at all times relied. I feel that I cannot succeed without the same divine aid which sustained him; and in the same Almighty Being I place my reliance for support; and I hope that you, my friends, will all pray that I may receive that divine assistance, without which I cannot succeed, but with which success is certain. Again, I bid you all an affectionate farewell.

Lincoln depended on God’s help to lead our nation. Considering he had no formal education, we can imagine Lincoln lying near the huge fireplace in his log cabin home, where the flickering of the firelight reflected on the family Bible he was reading. He grew up in a home that did not own many books, so Lincoln borrowed from friends. But one book that was in almost every home in those days was a family Bible. Lincoln read it through and learned its precepts, which helped mold him into a man who depended on God.

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:8


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