Triumph & Tension
weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - May 30, 2023
Amid the greatest difficulties of my administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance in God, knowing that all would go well, and that He would decide for the right. - Abraham Lincoln
One hundred and one years ago today, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. Its grandeur, location, and symbolism provide a powerful reminder of Lincoln’s greatness. It took over 60 years to complete.
The memorial embodies many significant symbols. Thirty-six columns surround the structure representing each of the 36 states that comprised the United States during Lincoln’s tenure as president, both Union and Confederate.
Lincoln’s clenched left hand symbolizes his powerful resolve; his open right hand represents his willingness to graciously engage all people.
These and other significant images focus on Lincoln’s iron will and gracious heart. Lincoln is considered by many to be the United States’ greatest president not because of his unbending resolve or gracious heart. His greatness lay in his ability to hold firmly to both and live productively within that excruciating tension.
The Apostle John proclaimed Jesus’ greatness in the opening verses of his Gospel. “We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).
Jesus embodied both grace and truth and lived magnificently within that tension. Like Jesus, hold tightly to truth, reach graciously toward others, and trust God for the wisdom and strength to navigate the tension.
Author & President
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc