. . . September 22, 1862 . . .

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Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

(Besides the fact that today happens to be September 22, 2020 . . .and the first day of Autumn ❤ )

Today, 158 years ago, Abraham Lincoln issued his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Simply put, it announced that unless the Southerners ceased their striving, emancipation would become a reality. Enter two or so more years’ worth of death, destruction and fighting.

What if the South had just said, “Okay, you’ve got us now,” and laid down their arms? What if they had tried to arrange a compromise? What if?

Amid an endless sea of “what ifs,” the facts stand, and the results are irrevocable.

What can we glean from this important lesson?

The Scriptures say this of learning from past mistakes:

“Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.”

~ Deuteronomy 32:7 ESV ~

Let us take hold of history and learn its lessons well. Let us examine the deeds of the generations before us and study their results. Let us not waste this opportunity to understand the power our actions have, and to align our behavior with Christ’s.

In an era in which so many are desperately attempting to erase the blackboard of American history, let us remember. And let us act.

This is one of the main reasons why I was motivated to create Pivotal Points in the American Civil War: A Historical Coloring Book. I had the wonderful opportunity to be a home-schooled student in a Christian family. My Mom wanted us to have the best education possible . . . and so my childhood overflowed with good, wholesome books to read. Many of those were historical. I learned early to love history, and, since those days, it has been a subject which has both fascinated and intrigued me.

We do not, as a nation, know our history as well as we should. That is quite frightening when we recognize that each of us, as citizens, has the right to vote — an action which significantly impacts the future course of our nation.

This street quiz regarding just one area of our early history is eye-opening, to say the least.

God has blessed us with this nation, and He has charged us each with preserving it. (See Jeremiah 29:4-7)

September 22, 2020.

What will people remember about this day in history?

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