“There is power in softness and a gentle word, for it reaches all corners of the mind, body and soul. Be, to the best of your ability a living example of a gentle word in all you do. For this is what changes lives, yours as well as others, for the best.
156 years ago, at the beginning of the Civil War, our Country was deeply divided. Abraham Lincoln had just been elected President and during his Inaugural Address he attempted to reach out to what he called his “dissatisfied fellow-countrymen” in an effort to avoid the coming conflict.
In his Inaugural Address, which was written in a spirit of reconciliation,the 16th president said:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection . . . we must find the Better Angels of our Nature.”
As Lincoln observed, our country was in a battle . . . and it was the battle between the impulses of good and evil.
Once again today, our Country is deeply divided. The labels are not “black” and “white” as in Lincoln’s time, but “red and “blue”.
My prayer for you this day is that before you speak upon matters of importance . . . you will pause . . . and call upon your “Better Angels”.