“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Presidents’ Day

(Please read Romans 12:1-7)

February 22

It was on this date in 1732 that George Washington was born, in Virginia. He had an illustrious career as a businessman, soldier and statesman and is still honored as the first President of the United States. We used to celebrate two presidential birthdays in February, Lincoln’s on February 12 and Washington’s on February 22. Then, not many years ago, our legislators decided to have just one holiday celebrating all presidents, to be observed on the third Monday in February.

George Washington seems deserving of special honor, though, not only because he was the first president but because he openly recognized and tried to serve his Creator, whom he recognized as the real ruler of this country and of the world itself. One of his Thanksgiving Day proclamations included this:

“And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws. . . .”

As you think about this great man and his contributions to our country, please take a few moments to thank God for this nation and its liberties. Even if you don’t know all the words to “America the Beautiful,” try singing what you know, and go forth today with a song in your heart and the hope that God will continue to shed his grace on America.

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