Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day, 2017

President's Day started as George Washington's Birthday which was observed on the third Monday of February. His actual birthday was February 22, 1732. Over time, it has become President's Day or Presidents' Day. In whatever case you prefer to observe, we should celebrate the chief executive of the United States and pray for him as he deals with issues facing our great nation.

I know that there are those who disagree with the President and even question his ability to govern. In the past, I have disagreed with the actions of a past President; however, I never denied him as the duly-elected President of the United States of America. I feel great pride knowing that I live in a free nation where I can worship God freely. A nation where I can express my thoughts without fear of arrest or persecution. A nation where the press has the responsibility to act as watchdogs over the government and truly act as the fourth estate. 

Years ago, I was flying from Austin, Texas to San Jose, California, on business. On that particular day, President Bill Clinton was flying into Austin for a fund-raiser. I had the opportunity to see Air Force One land in Austin. I felt a great pride seeing Air Force One land. The scale and beauty of that airplane brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye. 

We truly live in a very blessed nation. As a blessed nation, we should love our neighbors and stand ready to protect and defend the rights of others to enjoy the blessings of liberty. We, as a nation, are truly one and as such, we need to support our leaders and pray for them daily. 

On this day, I ask each of you to pray for President Donald Trump and those who work with him to lead this nation. Put aside your differences for at least one day and pray for him. 

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