February 5, 1865. "Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil." Glass transparency; photograph by Alexander Gardner. I've always loved this picture because when it was taken Abe wanted to smile, but the photographer said that it wouldn't look very good, but you can still see a hint of a smile there :)
Vibia Perpetua, martyred for her relentless faith in Christ in 203 AD along with her servant Felicitas. Perpetua, as a recent convert to Christianity at the time of her death, knew the voice of her Father so beautifully and intimately... she had a spine of steal and raw determination. I absolutely love her legacy of courage and passion for Jesus Christ!
Corrie ten Boom. She & her family hid persecuted Jews in Nazi Holland during WWII, for which they were imprisoned, tortured & Corrie's family killed. Corrie endured solitary confinement in prison & 10 months of cruelty while interned, yet always prayed for the hearts of her captors. She was released from Ravensbruck concentration camp on New Year’s Eve 1944 & later learned it was due to a clerical error. The women in her age group were sent to their deaths 1 week after her discharge.
William Wallace (1274 - 1305) Outlaw and defender of Scottish independence. Defeated the army of Edward I at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Shortly after Wallace's execution, Robert the Bruce was able to re-establish Scotland's independence.
“...he always seemed to me to diffuse an atmosphere of happiness, of joy in every smallest event in life, and of deep gratitude for the mere fact that he was alive. He was one of the very few men that I have ever met to whom his God was real and ever close to him." Sigismund Payne Best, describing Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet by Eric Metaxas