I recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. It was so incredible to see so much history day after day. Going from the capitol building and seeing the original constitution was really overwhelming. I noticed that there was one common thread through everything that I experienced while there that really speaks to the political climate of today.

It can seem like the rhetoric has never been more heated, the country has never been more divided than right now. Until you walk into the Lincoln Memorial, and see the Gettysburg Address.

It’s a reminder that there was a time in recent history that America was so divided that they were at war with each other. People were losing their lives over an issue that split the country in half.

As the Civil War was nearing its bitter and bloody end, Lincoln had some great advice to the country on how to begin the healing process, and I think it’s advice that you and I could take to heart today:

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

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