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and Brassfields, but he found time to visit the soldiers in Virginia,
who struck by his strange appearance called him "Old Abe," and
accused him of having swallowed a horse all but his tail, but they
heard his sermons with rapt attention. When defeat came he felt it
severely. According to Professor Mills:
When he heard of Lee's surrender his heart rose in rebellion against the
Providence of God. He had a wife and several young children to support, and yet his
property was all swept away at one stroke. He loved our beautiful Southern country
and could not bear to think that it had been conquered and lay at the mercy of our
enemies. But he was a Christian and could not rest in a state of rebellion against
God. He went into his parlor and locked the door behind him and laid the whole
matter before his God. He stayed there a long, long time. God met him and satisfied
him. He came out of that room, as he has often told me, perfectly reconciled to
everything, submissive to the will of God, and feeling that God would still reign and
that he "would restrain the wrath of men and cause the remainder of wrath to praise
Him." And then he preached one of his greatest sermons from this text: "And we
know that all things work together for good to them who love God to them who are
the called according to his purpose.”
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