Abraham Lincoln

Washington, D.C.
September, 1862

The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party — and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true — that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.

Abraham Lincoln

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Amiel’s Journal

May 3, 1849.I have never felt any inward assurance of genius, or any presentiment of glory or of happiness. I have never seen myself in imagination great or famous, or even a husband, a father, an influential citizen. This indifference to the future, this absolute self-distrust, are, no doubt, to be taken as signs. What dreams I have are all vague and indefinite; I ought not to live, for I am now scarcely capable of living. Recognize your place; let the living live; and you, gather together your thoughts, leave behind you a legacy of feeling and ideas; you will be most useful so. Renounce yourself, accept the cup given you, with its honey and its gall, as it comes. Bring God down into your heart. Embalm your soul in Him now, make within you a temple for the Holy Spirit, be diligent in good works, make others happier and better. Put personal ambition away from you, and then you will find consolation in living or in dying, whatever may happen to you.

Amiel, Henri Frdric. Amiel’s Journal (pp. 42-43). . Kindle Edition.

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The Mind of God Made

We, all of us, are playing a part in the making of the mind of God made.  Think of it, all of it is being impressed; it is part of judgment, the forces of this or that “vanity” come together, meld, into something to us must be and is unbelievable, but known to be real.  The “mind of God made.”  What is recorded is the debate, the livingness, of the conflict and love of minds which may exceed the ultimate.

 

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Ecclesiastes

After words confirming all is vanity and chasing after the wind and acting good and acting evil it all comes down to this:  Ecclesiates 12: 13

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matterFear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

God shall “bring every work into judgment.”  What could this mean?  Just words thrown into the ether because they sound good, or something else.  The words have meaning, deep meaning, in connection with the broad give and take of humanity, of distinct souls, good and bad.  Each plays a part as ‘every work [will] be brought into “judgment.”

What is judgment?  Merriam Webster’s defines the term thus:   “the mental or intellectual process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing.”  And this is the “mind of man made” but it is much more.  It is the mind of God and man made.  Each has a place, for good or ill, in the working out of something.  One would suppose.

 

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The Other

This is the reason. You should know it. It is that you should follow your own view. Not the view the “others” your mind brings to the fore.  Your own view.  And, of your ambivalence, it is the view you think you should have.

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Prayer and Its Solitude

Looking back brings a memory of something said which had meaning to me then and more meaning to me several decades later.  It is about prayer.  Prayer is something one does not make a public event.  It is something, a communing, done in solitude. In old age one’s solitude can be, and perhaps is, something simply having become the prayer in solitude.  It is the solitude of prayer we learned of from our parents, relations, and others.  This knowledge is part of wisdom brought to awareness over time and experience, whether good or ill.

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god

Science will never define god nor prove, one way or another, that god does not exist. To make something material which is not material is only to show that those who think they know to define god are in error. It might be said they know not what they are doing. To define god is to say a human being can define god. The god the people on both sides of the question talk about is something they think they know, either in the positive or the negative, but cannot. God is that which cannot be made the use of material inclinations.

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