–by Mary May Larmoyeux – As Donald J. Trump begins serving our country on January 20, may we pray diligently for his administration. And may we also remember some famous words of past Presidents and a prayer by Billy Graham:
“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
—John F. Kennedy, 45th President of the United States
“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”
—Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
—Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States
“America was founded by people who believed that God was their Rock of safety. I recognize we must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side, but I think it’s all right to keep asking if we’re on His side.”
—Ronald Reagan, 40th President
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
—Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States
“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.”
—George H. W. Bush, 41st George H. W. Bush
“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.”
—Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States
“There should be no bitterness or hate where the sole thought is the welfare of the United States of America. No man can occupy the office of President without realizing that he is President of all the people.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd United States President
Lord … remind us today that You have shown us what is good in what You require of us; to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.
We ask that as a people, we may humble ourselves before You and seek Your will for our lives and for this great nation.
Help us in our nation to work as never before to strengthen our families and to give our children hope and a moral foundation for the future.
So may our desire be to serve You, and in so doing, serve one another.
This we pray in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
—Billy Graham’s Inaugural Prayer – 1997
© 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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