February 15

President’s Day

 Reflection

As we celebrate President’s Day, we remember two men whose strength and wisdom were able to stabilize our nation in perilous times. With our country so divided politically, we yearn for leaders who can set the nation’s good above their party divisions and personal ambitions. Today, we pray for our President that God may give him the wisdom and strength needed to govern this nation. We consider the members of Congress and ask them to look at the problems of this country and the sufferings of our people rather than to support a particular political party’s positions. As a people, may we make wise, informed, and responsible decisions in choosing our future leaders. Today, let us be grateful for the continued gift of freedom.  In the stress of our times, may we never take our freedom for granted and may we strive to be a people that will seek peace and justice for all.

 Prayer

God of truth and unity, today we pray that you will bless our country and its leaders.

 Action

Be aware of events in Washington and well educated on the positions and voting records of your representatives at the national level. Make informed decisions and not ones influenced by slanted information or party affiliation. View the present political campaigns with an informed and critical mind. How do the candidates reflect the values they preach?

Suggested Reading

 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.
Matthew 20:25-26

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
George Washington

However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
George Washington

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
George Washington

I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
Abraham Lincoln

 America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
Abraham Lincoln

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Abraham Lincoln

 We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln

 To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary.
Abraham Lincoln

 The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten.
John F. Kennedy

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.
Jimmy Carter

 And I will do everything that I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God by different names but we remain one nation.
Barack Obama

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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