So many when recalling Abraham Lincoln think first and foremost of his compassionate nature, overlooking both his great intellectual ability and his wisdom. So very many of the things that he wrote and said one hundred and sixty five plus years ago so well describe today's events as if they were said but yesterday.
On December 3, 1861 in a message to Congress Lincoln's wisdom shone forth once again, revealing not only a grand truth but an equally great challenge:
"The struggle of today, is not altogether for today ... it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us."