Sunday, January 15, 2017
Jan 12, 2017
This coming week, on Friday, January 20, our Country celebrates one of the finest days we are given to participate in every 4 years, Inauguration Day. It is a grand day because it is a clear reminder we live in a country that allows freedom for all people. What a gift? A gift we respect and honor, similar to any gift we are given, but this one is very sacred.
This Friday Donald Trump will take the oath of office and becomes the 45th President of the United States. We need to hold Mr. Trump in our prayers as we have for all past presidents. We need to offer prayers of thanksgiving for President Barrack Obama. Most importantly prayers of gratitude for the smooth transfer of power from one freely elected person to another.
As I was thinking about this great day in our American society I decided to remind myself and you of some of the facts of the presidency; nothing new – just a little refresher. The President of the United States is the elected head of state and head of government of the United States by the people who are the United States.
The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces
- The President is considered to be one of the world's most powerful political figures, as the leader of one of the contemporary global superpowers. He is the overseer of the world's most expensive military with the second largest nuclear arsenal and leads the nation with the largest economy.
- The Constitution vests the executive power of the United States in the president. The power includes execution of federal law, alongside the responsibility of appointing numerous federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory and judicial officers. The president is empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances; and is largely responsible for dictating the legislative agenda.
- The president is elected by the people through the Electoral College to a four-year term, and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers, the other being the Vice President of the United States.
In all, 43 individuals have served 44 presidencies (counting Grover Cleveland's two non-consecutive terms separately) spanning 56 full four-year terms.
Yes, it is a great honor to live in a Country that is so blessed and has the privilege of freely electing our president. Let us pray daily for all our elected officials that they do the best they can and that they never forget they are called to serve the people of the United States of America.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,