Under God

Healing is in His handsNo Mountain, no valley
No gain or loss we know
Could keep us from Your love

No Sickness, no secret
No chain is strong enough
To keep us from Your love
To keep us from Your love

How high? How wide?
No matter where I am
Healing is in your hands

How deep? How strong?
Now by Your grace I stand
Healing is in Your hands

Our Present, our future
Our past is in Your hands
We’re covered by Your blood
We’re covered by Your blood

How high?  How wide?
No matter where I am
Healing is in Your hands

– Excerpt from the song Healing Is In Your Hands, by Christy Nockels

Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen – Ephesians 3:20-21

Palliate: “allay or moderate (fears or suspicions)” – New Oxford American Dictionary

I’ve heard it said that while visiting the grounds of Gettysburg before his address, Abraham Lincoln committed his life to Christ. I can’t remember where I heard it, and if I could, I doubt it could be proved. What we do know however, is that Lincoln’s faith in life was evolutionary. What we do know, is that his faith grew. What we do know, is that he was like all of us. He was on a journey with the Lord. Gettysburg was by some accounts the bloodiest battle ever fought in the western hemisphere. And so, on November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln came to honor the dead at their memorial there. And it’s in that speech that Lincoln by many accounts inspired our nation’s motto. “Under God.” It was in that speech that Lincoln stood with our nation’s founding and with God, and repurposed a country to its Creator through an improvised line. In his original draft Lincoln wrote, “We here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” However, Lincoln strayed from what he wrote leading up to the visit and speech. Not significantly in words or length, but profoundly in meaning. The words he orated that day have never been forgotten and they still ring in our nations ear. “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…” And so today as we look back seven score and ten years we can be thankful for a nation that through its faults and failures has always been under God. May we realize that, when we see the division in our midst. May we realize that, when we see destruction. May we realize that no matter our opinion, no matter our belief, no matter what others think of us; we are all under God. And that, in God, there is healing. Healing from Civil War. Healing from deep disagreements. Healing from this world. His is no palliation, but a healing. No assuagement, but a cure. He is the only cure. Healing is in His hands.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,


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