Abraham Lincoln Speaks to Homeschoolers

Lincoln was a very wise man in so many ways. But perhaps one of the most remarkable was his ability to listen to the voice of a child. As adults, even as homeschoolers we so often pass over a child’s thoughts or opinions as being immature, ill-formed and hardly worth listening to.

Not so Abraham Lincoln. It was 149 years ago today that a little girl named Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY wrote a letter to the Presidential candidate. On October 15, 1860 the 11-year-old girl wrote Lincoln to suggest that he might improve his appearance if he were to grow a beard.

Lincoln read the letter, never once considering the age of the author. As we all know now- Lincoln took the young girl’s advice and we will forever remember him as having a beard.

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In Luke 18:16-17 we read these remarkable words: “But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Lincoln knew the same truth that Jesus knew: Children are simple in their faith. It simply wouldn’t occur to a child NOT to come to Jesus in simple faith. Nor would it occur to a child not to write a United States Presidential candidate with a suggestion.

Talk with your children today about little Grace Bedell and how she changed history. Perhaps your children would like to write a letter to the President, Senator or a Congressman today.

Perhaps we could ALL learn to be more childlike in our own faith- and to listen to children when they have something to say.

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