Friday, January 20, 2017

God bless President ______________

Today, the 45th President of the United States will take the oath of office.  For some, it is a day of great joy.  For others, it is a day of angst and mourning.

In one of the litanies we use on occasion, we pray for our leaders by name.  For the past eight years, our prayer was for President Obama.  Now our prayer will be for President Trump.  The particular intercession reads:

Pastor:   Preserve our nation in justice and honor, that we may lead peaceable lives of integrity.  Grant health and favor to all who bear office in our land, especially to President Trump, Governor Snyder, and Bob Gatt, the Mayor of Novi, and all those who make, administer, and judge our laws, and help them serve all citizens according to your will:
Cong:    Hear us, good Lord.

Perhaps you are not a fan of President Trump.  Maybe you even fear his policies.  That is fine; it is your opinion.  (Likewise with President Obama.)  But if you refuse to pray for the President, your problem is no longer with the President; it is with the Lord.

No matter what anyone thinks of the out-going President or of the in-coming President, the Church will continue to heed the word of God which states: "First of all, then, 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, who desires all people to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

God bless President Obama.  God bless President Trump.

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