40 Days of Prayer

Day 27: Tad’s dad

January 27, 2019

My Image

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.
Matthew 19:14

From Our “Here”…

August 8, 1863

My dear Wife,

All as well as usual, and no particular trouble anyway. I put the money into the Treasury at five per cent, with the privilege of withdrawing it any time upon thirty days’ notice. I suppose you are glad to learn this. Tell dear Tad poor “Nanny Goat” is lost, and Mrs. Cuthbert and I are in distress about it.

When Abraham Lincoln wrote to his wife, Mary, “all” may have been “as well as usual,” but that didn’t mean things were fine.

Elected as the United States’ 16th president, Lincoln was inaugurated March 4, 1861. On April 12, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston, S.C. Just a month into his presidency, Lincoln faced the greatest crisis in U.S. history.

By summer 1863, the Civil War was slowly turning in the Union’s favor, but at enormous cost. The Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia that May burdened the North with 17,000 killed, wounded or missing men. The South suffered 13,000 losses.

Before the dust settled at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania on July 3, the defeated Confederates sustained 28,000 casualties from an army of 75,000. The Union lost 23,000 of 88,000 men.

Through it all, Lincoln worked tirelessly to preserve a nation he loved fiercely. He lived under enormous stress. Photographs of him at the beginning and end of his presidency portray a man grown old in just four years.

But in his letter to Mary, Lincoln offered no sighs of discouragement, no hint that he had more pressing matters to deal with than financial provision for his family and the loss of a beloved pet. How would “dear Tad” feel, you can hear the nation’s commander in chief wondering.

One of the last photographs of Lincoln is with Tad. They posed together on April 10, 1865. Four days later, John Wilkes Booth committed his infamous crime. The president — and devoted father — died at 7:22 a.m. on April 15.

…To God’s “There”

Making room for the needs of a young life in the midst of everything else gives you the chance to be a little more like the biggest Dad of all. Your Heavenly Father, with the entire cosmos swimming before His divine eye, waits to hear your smallest prayer. And when you call out to Him, it doesn’t matter what else is going on in the universe. He’s there for you.

Making the Leap

AGWM missionaries work diligently with churches around the world to direct much-needed resources and energy to children’s ministry, orphanages and schools. Pray for these initiatives. Connect with an AGWM children’s outreach and find out what the kids in their care need. Above all, be ready for God to identify ways you might be able to personally influence the next generation for Him.

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