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(1809 – 1865)

Message    1


The one-time president describes his home in the spirit world,
and his great love for Jesus

January 5, 1916


I am here, Abraham Lincoln.

I am your friend and desire to write a few lines. I am in the seventh sphere am very happy and enjoy all the delights of a soul redeemed. I am in the way of progress to the higher spheres, where some of your band lives. How beautiful must be their homes, because when they come to the lower spheres they have such beauty and are so filled with the divine love that I know they must live in homes of transcendent loveliness, where happiness is supreme.

I am not one who knows all that there is in the heavens provided by God, but I know enough to say that no eye has seen nor heart conceived of the wonderful things that have been prepared for those who love God (1 Corinthians 2:9). In our sphere, the glory of our habitations and surroundings that we have are beyond all conception of mortals and beyond all the powers that we have to describe. Language is poor indeed when we attempt to use it to describe our homes and our happiness.

Never a sigh or a thought is tainted with the slightest flavor of unhappiness or discontent. All our wishes are gratified, and love reigns eternally and without stint. Never, when on earth, did I conceive that one man could love another as one spirit here loves his brother spirit. The “mine” and “thine” are truly the “ours,” and no spirit is so happy as when he is doing something to make another spirit happier. Then, love between the opposite sexes is so pure and glorious.

My home is not in any of the cities, but it is in the country, among beautiful fields and woods where the purest waters flow in silver streams of living light. The birds of paradise in all their glorious plumage sing and make merry the echoes of the hills and rocks, for we have hills and rocks as well as plains and beautiful meadows and placid lakes and shining waterfalls, all praising God for his goodness. So why will every mortal not try to attain to this heavenly condition of love and happiness, when it is so easy to do? God’s love is waiting for all and needs only the seeking and the believing to make the mortal an heir to all the glories of this heavenly place. The mind of man, in its superimposed importance and in the conceit of the wonderful powers of his reasoning faculties, keeps the simple childlike faith from making him a child of the kingdom.

Oh, I tell you, if mortals only knew what is here, ready for them to obtain and make their own, they would not let the supposed greatness of their minds or the cares and ambitions and desires for earthly possessions keep them from seeking this great and glorious inheritance, which is theirs by merely claiming it in the way made known by the Master.

What can I say about Jesus, the most glorious and beautiful and loving of all the spirits in God’s universe? When on earth, I looked upon him and worshipped him as God, sitting on the right hand of the Father way up in the high heavens, way off waiting for the coming of the great judgment day, when he would separate the sheep from the goats and send each to the eternal place of habitation. Whether to heaven or hell only he knew, and I did not and could not until the great judgment should be pronounced.

Now, when I see him as he is, I know that he is my friend and elder brother, a spirit such as I am, with only love for his younger brethren, be they saints or sinners. I feel that as a loving brother and friend he is more to me than when I looked upon him as the god of judgment, having his habitation way off beyond my vision or reach. This makes my happiness greater. He is so loving and so pure and so humble. Why, his very humility makes us all love him almost to adoration, and if you could only see him, you would not be surprised that we love him so much.

Well, my friend, I have written a little more than I intended, because I am so filled with love and so happy in having such a friend as the Master that I can hardly restrain myself.

When on earth, I was not orthodox to the full extent, but my early belief that Jesus was a part of the Godhead I did not succeed in getting rid of, although my mind often rebelled at the thought. The early teachings of my mother lingered with me, and maturer thoughts and development of mind could never entirely eradicate this belief in Jesus being part of God. Some have said and thought that I was almost an infidel, but this is not true, for I always believed firmly in God and, as I have told you, in Jesus.

I was, to some extent, a spiritualist. That is, I believed in the communications of spirits with mortals, and on numerous occasions have had such communications and have acted on advice that I received through them. But I never learned from these communications any of the higher truths that I now know and that are so important for mortals to know, and which, if men only knew and taught, would make their religion a live, virile, all pervading and satisfying religion.

We are all interested in your work and are co-workers with you in revealing these great truths. May God bless and prosper you and cause you to see the realities of God’s great love is the prayer of your brother in Christ.

A. Lincoln