DEVOTIONS Happy Presidents Day by REV. KINSLER every

sometimes get a little cynical when it comes to the special days we celebrate. There are so many people, events, and days we commemorate that I am tempted to think it is a conspiracy by the greeting card industry to boost sales. Since it is February there is Valentine’s Day. It is the second most popular holiday to send cards, exceeded only by Christmas. But let us not forget another tribute day in February which is frequently overlooked, Presidents Day.

Presidents Day has started out as a celebration of George

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Washington’s birthday on February 22nd. In the mid 1960’s the “Uniform Federal Holiday Act” moved the observance of Federal holidays to Mondays to create three-day-weekends. The observance of Washington’s birthday was designated for the third Monday of the month, never falling on his actual birthday, but between February 12 , Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s. Thus Presidents’ Day was born, which is now seen as a day to recognize the legacies of all America’s chief executives. As a citizen I have noticed a growing attitude toward our presidents that is disturbing. People who disagree with the sitting president express their displeasure with the phrase, “He is not my president.” Last time I checked whether the presidents name is Obama or Trump they were or are the president of these UNITED STATES.

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As a pastor I try to apply the admonition St. Paul gives in 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” We in the United States do not live under the authority of a king, so honoring Paul’s intention we pray for our president and our other elected officials. I feel we need to pray for them even if we don’t and maybe especially when we don’t agree with them. I first began to realized how deep and dangerous this negative attitude had gotten when I went to visit one of our members who I had not seen in church for a number of weeks. After a period of small talk I got around to mentioning I had missed them. The flood gates opened. They told me they could not abide my prayers on behalf of the president, because the individual who held the office at the time was not his president. I was stunned and saddened by their words. With the recent election and transition of the office of the president let us not stop praying for those in authority. We don’t have to pray for a particular political agenda, but let us pray for God’s agenda. Let us pray for wisdom. Let us pray for justice. Let us pray for those in office.

I wonder if the greeting card companies are missing an opportunity? I can see the card now with the White House on the front and the words “Dear Mister (or someday Madame) President” Opening it reads, “Happy Presidents Day. I’m praying for you today (and every day.)”•


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