For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
It is a story that somehow never grows old to us Americans. On the morning of February 12, 1809, Tom came out of his cabin to the road where he stopped a neighbor. He asked, “Please tell that granny woman that my Nancy will need her help now.” The “granny woman,” the midwife, arrived and before long Tom and Nancy Lincoln welcomed into the world (in the words of Carl Sandburg) “of battle and blood, of whispering dreams and wistful dust a new child, a boy.” Someone asked old Tom what he was going to name his son. “Abraham,” was the answer, “after his grandfather.”
Over 100 years later, Congressman Homer Hock of Kansas stood in the House of Representatives to say, “There is no new thing to be said about Lincoln. There is no new thing to be said of the mountains, or of the sea, or of the stars. The years go their way, but the same old mountains lift their granite shoulders above the drifting clouds; the same mysterious sea beats upon the shore; the same silent stars keep holy vigil above a tired world. But to the mountains and sea and stars men turn forever in unwearied homage. And thus with Lincoln. For he was a mountain in grandeur of the soul, he was a sea in deep under voice of mystic loneliness; he was a star in steadfast purity of purpose and serve. And he abides.”
The legend of Abraham Lincoln continues to loom before us today as each year we celebrate the birth of this man whom many consider the greatest president of them all. If he was not the greatest, then certainly he was one of the true high-water mark leaders of our history. We must always cover our leaders in intercessory prayer, whether we are subscribers of their political party or not. Anyone can criticize or poke fun; it takes quite another person to under gird our leaders before the throne of God. And it requires a “giant” to fill the shoes of Lincoln.
Prayer: O God, America is in turmoil at home and around the world. We pray for those currently in authority over us and ask that You somehow lift them to the status of true “states-persons” of dignity, effectiveness and godliness. At this stage of our American history, we can afford no less standard than this. Amen.