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"Being Thankful - But to Who?"
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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

“Does Our Next President Need God in the White House?"

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As we follow the events leading up to the election of our next United States President, what should be our number one desire for America? What kind of a person should we want to be our next nation's leader? 
    Well, our president must be strong and courageous, a person with high principles and values, able to make hard decisions, to stand up for what is good and right and honest, willing to not just want their own way, but to seek what’s best for our America.
    Those are all good, and certainly necessary, but is that the extent of the qualifications for our U.S president and other government leaders? Is that all we need? No, there is one other very important piece which our U.S. President must have to properly lead our nation. What is it? To find the answer, let us look back to our first president, George Washington. 
    First, George Washington was a man of the highest character and integrity. Even when he was a young boy he wrote his own, what he called, "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior". He had over 100 of these rules that he strived his entire life to live by. And because of his striving, he was highly admired and respected.  But amazingly, even with all of the attention and admiration he received, it did not go to his head. In fact, those who knew him best said that he continued through his life to be a modest man, even shy in the face of the honors bestowed upon him.
     Yes, George Washington was truly an amazing man. But, what made George Washington the right man for the job as our first U.S. President was not just that he was amazing, but that he sought God’s Will and Way for our nation - not his own.
    You see, all through history we read stories of people who have been given a special gift or ability to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks. It's like it’s their destiny in life, their calling - and George Washington was one such man - he was destined to lead America to freedom – and God preserved him.
    According to written accounts, Washington had many close brushes with death even before the American Revolution. During one battle in the French and Indian War, he served as a field officer. His job was to carry orders back and forth across the open battlefield. As the battle raged, every other officer on horseback was shot. But Washington, despite riding back and forth across the open battlefield, he was never even injured - and even Washington himself was amazed by this. Later in a letter to his brother he wrote:
    "After the battle I had four bullet holes in my coat and two horses shot from under me. Although death was leveling my companions on every side of me, yet I escaped unhurt."
    And just how did he account for his surviving? He said: "By the all powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probabilities".
    George Washington knew that he was being protected by Almighty God. And when George Washington went into battle, he never went without first asking for God's help. There is one written account of a messenger looking for Washington with an important message. Where did he finally find him? In the woods, on his knees, praying, praying for his men’s safety, praying for God’s Mighty Hand to lead him. One of his fellow soldiers was heard to say before one crucial battle:
    “All is well; if there is anyone the Lord will listen to, it’s this brave man, George Washington. I have seen him on his knees before God, and our independence is certain”. 
    Just who must we have in our White House to lead us? What should be our leader's main goal and desire for our America? To seek God’s Way - not their own. Let us all pray for that.