To A Mother

As I studied and prepared for the message on Mother’s Day I read this letter from President Abraham Lincoln, to Mrs. Bixby of Massachusetts, listen and hear the faith of the President and the compassion of our Commander in Chief.

Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts, that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Before I hear from many of you I realize that history says that after the war it was learned that she had not lost all five of her sons, but that is not the point, the power of the letter is Lincoln’s compassion and concern for a mother. Check also how he tells her to discover her comfort in the Lord.

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