Lincoln’s Letter: April 7, 1865 April 7, 2018

In just a few days Lincoln would “belong to the ages.” His life, like the Civil War, was soon to end. The final stages of battle were underway.

With Pastor Mark Wilkerson at Lincoln’s grave in Springfield, IL

Lincoln has always been my favorite president. On my desk are two volumes of Lincoln’s letters and speeches from 1832-1865. From time to time I enjoy seeing what Lincoln wrote or spoke on a particular day.

On the closing pages I have found an amazing entry. They are words written only eight days before his race was finished. In it is more than a message for his favorite general. Here we find a message for us all…

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Lieut Gen. Grant.                                             April 7. 11 A.M. 1865

   Gen. Sheridan says, “If the thing is pressed I think that Lee will surrender.” Let the thing be pressed.

On this side of history we know that he was right. On his side, he only knew that April 7 was no time to let up. It was time to press.

Thankfully we are not engaged in a bloody Civil War. But we are all engaged in some sort of battle. A battle for our family. A battle for souls. A battle against evil. And this is no time to let up.

Another warrior wrote, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Let the thing be pressed.

Our oldest daughter is nearing high school graduation. As we have journeyed through this last year of high school together we have encouraged her to finish strong. In my experience most people fall short just before the end. They coast when they should press.

My pastor often said, “People remember how you start and how you finish.” Many start well. Few finish well. The secret is near the end – let the thing be pressed.

I don’t know what your “thing” is, but if God has given it to you, do not let up now! Fight your good fight. Finish your course. Keep the faith.

Let the thing be pressed.



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  1. Pastor Alan Sinclair on April 7, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Thank you brother Pauley. I really needed that this morning.

    • Scott Pauley on April 8, 2018 at 2:59 PM

      I’m glad to hear it. God bless you!

  2. Nicholas Holmstedt on April 7, 2018 at 11:58 PM

    Hey Brother Pauley,
    Thank you for the encouraging reminder to press forward. This post has helped my soul.

    In Christ,

    I Samuel 12:24 / Hebrews 12:1-3

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