Excerpt from The Spiritual Life of Abraham Lincoln: A Sermon Preached in the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon, N. Y
Founding his faith, his patience and his wisdom in God he stood calm and triumphant amidst overwhelming difficulties and after forty years of struggle consummated the emancipation of three millions of souls.
It is said of Titian, the artist, that the win dows of his house looked out on the glories of the Tyrolean Alps, and yet in none of his pictures is there the least evidence that Titian ever saw any of these mountain glories. Unlike him, Moses looked up to the hills whence cometh all strength and reﬂected to the world for all time the glory of the invisible God who sitteth in the heights no man can attain unto. It is not our purposethis evening to pursue any further the secrets and glories of the life of the first great Emanei pator, but rather to emphasize the facts and lessons of the world's second great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, who in so many respects was like Moses and in none more than this: He endured seeing him who is invisible. Nothing to my mind, so fully and fairly describes the secret of Lincoln's power, the support of his soul and the inspiration of his life in all that he did and was than this pregnant sentence from God's Word.
The year 1809 was in some respects the crown ing year of the 19th century in the advent of great men. During this year were born Edgar Allan Poe, that eccentric genius whose prose and poetry must remain as among the most artistic and original ever produced in America; Oliver Wendell Holmes, the genial author of the Auto erat Alfred Tennyson, England's most polished poet Charles Darwin, one of the most profound scientific thinkers and investigators the world has known; William E. Gladstone, the apostle of Home Rule Frederick Chopin and Felix Mendelssohn, musicians of superlative creative ability Edward Fitzgerald, the translator of Rubaiyat; and Samuel Smith, author of My Country, 'tis of Thee.
All of these were great men - great in parts or spots. They reﬂected the invisible occasionally. Abraham Lincoln, born in the same year, wasuniformly great; his reflections of the infinite and invisible were constant. The great of Lin coln's time owed much to their schooling, their ancestry, their advantages - Lincoln was debtor to none of these things. If ever there was a man God raised and God nurtured it was he. If ever a human being grew in stature, in wisdom and in favor with God and man, simply because he was strengthened and sustained by Christ - the power of the Invisible - it was he.
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