President's Day

One of my passions is learning about American history, especially the little-known details that make the stories pop with color. Things like the famous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton (did you know that Hamilton felt "a religious duty to oppose [Burr's] career”? Or that Burr's daughter Theodosia disappeared at sea in a ship that was never found?).

Studying presidential history is fascinating, the ebb and flow of political concerns, economy, and personal dynamics.

Whether or not we agree with the current politics, we are commanded to pray for our government. "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty" (1 Timothy 2:1-2, KJV).

President's Day is a great way to remind us to be a people who pray for our leaders, that God would direct them and use them and our nation for His glory.

That's a far cry from the more secular notion of eating cherry pie and celebrating the honesty of our founding fathers (although I'm not going to discredit the pleasure of eating cherry pie).

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