THE BIG HEART OF LINCOLN
During the Civil War, two women relatives of General Lou Wallace came to the White House to inquire about the general. He had been involved in a vicious battle and they wanted to make sure he had survived. Lincoln made inquiries through the War Department. He found out that a man named Wallace had been killed but it was not General Lou Wallace. The women were greatly relieved. They exclaimed, “Thank God it was not our Wallace.” Lincoln responded soberly, “Yes, but it was somebody’s Wallace, wasn’t it?”
May God grant us Lincoln’s sensitivity! When we read an obituary column about someone we do not know, or when the newspaper reports the death of a soldier in Afghanistan, we would do well to pray for the grieving persons in those situations.