Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thought provoking...

I received this in an email last week and thought it was something we should all think about. Let me know your thoughts!

"Consider these words written by Abraham Lincoln as part of a
resolution in 1863:

"'We have been the recipients of the
choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in
peace and prosperity; we have grown in number, wealth, and power as no
other Nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten
the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched
and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of
our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom
and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too
self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving
grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.

"'It behooves
us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our . .
sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.' (John Wesley Hill,
Abraham Lincoln, Man of God, 4th ed., New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, p.

Topic: Gratitude

(Marion G. Romney, "Gratitude and Thanksgiving," Ensign, Nov. 1982, 50)

If this is what President Lincoln thought about his time, 145 years ago, what must he be thinking now? What changes must be made in our own lives to prevent this from happening further in our own homes??? We definitely can't do "life" by ourselves!!


Linda said...

Nothing can be more gratifying to a parent than to see their children grow into adults and parents who have their heads on straight and their values where they ought to be. I love that you used that quote!

Laurel said...

I totally is kinda scary where we are headed today as a people,isn't it? I am afraind for who my kids will have to date. (Insert full body shutter here.) Thank you for sharing that Erin. I hadn't seen it in awhile and it is good to read that stuff every so often. =)

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