“I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow-citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for brethren who have served in the field; and finally that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation.”
Jeb invites me up for our tradition of a Bible passage and a prayer. I paraphrased a bitfrom 1 Timothy 3:1-7. “It is noble to seek the office of overseer, however, he who does should be above reproach, sober-minded, not quarrelsome, having only one spouse and not a lover of money.” I mentioned it mostly anecdotally, as something that I thought would be fitting to ask Donald Trump about– but have been unable to.
Jeb read from George Washington’s “Earnest Prayer.”