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A Search for Lasting Peace

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan -- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

~from President Lincoln's second inaugural address, 1865

With these wise words, President Lincoln concluded his second inaugural address which had mapped out his plans for healing the once bitterly divided nation. Only 41 days later he would be assassinated.

I find myself going back to this part of the address regularly these days, longing for "malice toward none, charity for all, nation's wounds to be bound up and lasting peace."

I hope they will help you as we wait and search for lasting peace.

Below is a link to the entire address and other interesting information.


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