Things are different this year, but in honor of Presidents’ Day, I’m sharing my Presidents’ Day post again.
So how will you celebrate President’s Day? Actually, I am told that the holiday is legally designated as “Washington’s Birthday.” It’s a federal holiday so many schools are closed, along with banks, the financial markets, courthouses and most government agencies. However most commercial businesses and retail outlets will be open. In fact there are many special “Presidents’ Day” sales. So you may celebrate by shopping.
Whatever we call it, today we are officially to honor the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. And by law, the day still commemorates all past presidents of the USA. Here in Illinois we understandably pay more attention to our own Abraham Lincoln, as his birthday was also in mid-February.
I can remember my grade school organizing events, plays, art projects and lessons about the presidents of the United States, especially George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I enjoyed memorizing the order of the president’s terms much more than drawing their likeness on construction paper. I don’t know if either is done so much anymore.
George Washington was the first president of the United States of America. He served two terms from 1789 to 1797. Before he became president, he played an extremely important role as a general in the American Revolution, leading the American Continental Army to victory over the British in 1783. Washington is often seen as the father of the United States and is probably the best known American politician ever.
There is the portrait of Washington and three other American presidents carved into Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. His image is also used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the United States, Washington D.C., Washington State and at least three universities are named after him.
But Monday is a popular day for stores to start their sales. And that is alright. Our economy is a mess, far too many of my friends in church are without work and have few prospects.
And if you can find a few minutes, go on-line and read something about the life our first president. From the French and Indian War, to the American Revolution with the victory at Yorktown and the writing of the United States Constitution you will be fascinated by the struggles, the determination and the humility of this man. Read about his actual presidency and how the very young nation developed. And don’t forget to check on that story about a cherry tree! It is good to know why our nation pauses to remember George Washington.
Finally, before the day ends, no matter what your political persuasion, please pray for both former President Obama and President Trump. God asks that we pray for our leaders. President Obama and his wife Michelle are now “private citizens,” but are still in the public eye and will greatly affect the lives of others.
President Donald Trump and his wife Melania (who, by the way, recited the Lord’s Prayer at a public rally on Saturday) are now the ones in “the hot seat,” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Please pray that God grant them wisdom. Pray that God guides President Trump to use his office and authority to provide leadership for this country that reflects the principles envisioned by our nation’s founders.
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
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