February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Today our nation celebrates Washington's Birthday - not President's Day.  This holiday was established in the late 1800's to honor our first president but in recent years it has morphed into a generic President's Day (although not officially).  You can read an interesting article on the confusion here.

To mark the day we are having birthday cake (see one of them above) during lunch and our prayer today came from the end of Washington's first inaugural address:

Having thus imported to you my sentiments, as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign parent of the human race, in humble supplication that since he has been pleased to favour the American people, with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparellelled unanimity on a form of Government, for the security of their Union, and the advancement of their happiness; so his divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.

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