a divided house

February 12, 2013

"A Divided House"

punchneedle pattern will available early March


Boy, did this one turn out differently than I had planned. I wanted the words, "A Divided House Cannot Stand" but it was too many words in a small area and you couldn’t read it so I pulled it all out and filled it in with grass. I adapted this punchneedle from a painting I did a couple of years ago by the same name. The painting was inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s "Divided House Speech" in Springfield IL on June 16, 1858 where he referenced the gospel Mark 3:25 while speaking about the government being divided. Here is an excerpt from that speech:

"A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new, North as well as South."

I believe this to be true of every house…..not just in the government. Within our own homes we need to strive for peace & harmony. We raise happy, healthy children when there is harmony in the home……harmony = peace = happy home = happy children.

Below is my original painting…..




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