February 18

Reflection

Today our country is celebrating President’s Day.  With our country so divided politically we look for leaders who set the common good above their party divisions and personal ambitions, and who set an example for others. We need leaders with wisdom and strength to unite the members of government in a common purpose. We need those who can consider the problems of this nation and the sufferings of people with open minds, courage and the desire to solve problems with integrity and will. We can never accept less. As citizens we have the responsibility to open our eyes, soften our hearts and heal our divisions. We can never take our freedom and our ideals for granted. Only we can continue to seek freedom and justice for all.

Prayer

God of justice and love, today we pray that you will bless our country and guide its leaders.

Action

Be aware of events in Washington and be well educated on the positions and voting records of your representatives at the national level. Make informed decisions and not ones influenced by incomplete or slanted information and blind party loyalty.

Suggested Reading

Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
Exodus 18:21

But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.
Luke 22:26

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Phil.2:3

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

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

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Adams

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams 

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

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
Harry S. Truman

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free. This nation, this idea called America, was and always will be a new world — our new world.\
George H. Bush

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
George Washington

A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Abraham Lincoln

 

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