Thursday, February 16th, 2012 12:29:35

Where Strength Comes From

This year for Presidents Day, instead of buying a new appliance, I’m urging all of us to mark the holiday by reading George Washington’s Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural. I know. Focusing on two great presidents on Presidents Day. It’s radical, but at least you won’t be stuck in traffic on the way to the mall.

But in these days of political upheaval around the world and discontent here at home, it’s a good idea to reflect on the words of two of our greatest leaders — my two favorite presidents. Both presided over our country during times of vast change, and both put their country before themselves. It would be hard to imagine our America’s founding without George Washington, or her preservation without Abraham Lincoln.

Both presidents referenced “Providence” and “God” extensively. They understood that they were part of a bigger plan and worked to do their part.