Mr. Lincoln’s Tears

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The story is told that near the end of his presidency, a woman came to the While House to present Abe Lincoln with a basketful of baked goodies—cakes, pies and breads.

“Is there something you want, Madam?” the president asked.

“No sir,” she replied, “I only wanted to tell you thank you for all your hard work. These words brought tears to the old woodsman’s eyes. Then, with tears staining his cheeks, President Lincoln said: “My good woman, your thoughtful and unselfish deed moves me. Thousands of people have entered this office since I became President, but you alone are the first to come asking no favor for yourself or somebody else.”

I wonder if our Lord sometimes feels like Mr. Lincoln. Lots of people come to him asking for things. Few come to say thanks.

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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