In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on!


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thank You, Mom and Dad!

Two score and 15 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln's birthday, my parents--John and Gail Fleming, now of Jacksonville, Florida--tied the knot. By so doing, they brought forth on this continent a new family, conceived in love and dedicated to the proposition that all things are possible for spouses, parents, and children who are patient, generous, good-humored, and devoted to each other, come what may.

There were times over the years when it seemed like we were engaged in a great civil war, testing whether our family or any family, so conceived and so dedicated, could long endure. But we've pretty much forgotten the great battlefields of those wars, the combatants having put aside perceived wrongs and embraced in forgiveness, so that that family might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should have done this.

The world will little note nor long remember what I say here, but we children will never forget what Mom and Dad did and sacrificed to keep our family knit together. It is for us rather to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they have thus far so nobly advanced by their wonderful example--raising good and strong families of our own--a cause to which they they have given, and we must give, the fullest measure of devotion. We children of John and Gail (and, if I may speak for them, their grandchildren) here highly resolve that their noble work shall not have been in vain; that this family, under God, shall have a new birth of commitment; and that thanks to them, we will have families of faith, of hope, and of love that shall never perish from the earth.


And thanks for the inspiration to Mr. Lincoln and his immortal Gettysburg Address.

1 comment:

Donna said...

Dad that was so great! You have a gift! To be able to link ANYTHING to the civil war! =) Well I really did enjoy that and I too pledge that their noble work will not go in vain. I am blessed to be a part of a family with such rich values of faith, hope and love. Thank you grandma and grandpa for not killing my dad even when he might have deserved it! (just kidding!)