Open field across the street from James Madison's Birthplace - Port Conway, Virginia

James Madison – The Father of the Constitution

“And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs….And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.” Numbers 13:23, 27

“At least it’s not an earthquake.” Our efforts to form a nation were really quite trying.

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Calvin Coolidge – Silent Cal

“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.” Luke 2:25 KJV

Listening is a trait not too many of us possess. Calvin’s response: “You lose.”

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The Pedestal Sundial

Gerald Ford – The Nixon Pardon

“Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.” Genesis 13:11 KJV

I was looking out the back window of the car as we climbed to the top of the second hill. I could see the road all the way back to town. I was amazed with all the cars lined up as far back as I could see and they all had their lights on.

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Senaca Rock, West Virginia

Richard Nixon – Post White House Years

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalms 3:3 KJV

It was a long, lonely night in the motel room. Everything I worked for seemed to be falling apart. “I have never been a quitter,” he said. Lucky for us, our God is a God of second chances.

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Shrimp Boats at Sunset

John Tyler – First Wife and Children

But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. Matthew 8:22 KJV

It’s probably the cry of each generation, but sometimes I really miss the “good old days.” It is also known that it was just before their wedding day, that he first summons the nerve to just kiss her on her hand.

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Fig Tree in the Winter

George W Bush – Wild Youth

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ… Philippians 1:6 KJV

One year I planted a small fig tree in the yard. I wasn’t too inspired by its progress. The strange thing about it is I don’t think they or anyone in history has ever moved a mountain with their faith. Or have they?

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Appreciation Clipart

Bill Clinton – What Happened to His Dad and His Name Change

And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. Esther 6:2 KJV

Appreciation is a funny thing, you don’t see it while it is happening, but when you see its results you know who is responsible. And you guessed it, he is almost always smiling.

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Robert Todd Lincoln's Grave - Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Robert Todd Lincoln – Near 3 Presidential Assassinations

And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Matthew 17:3 KJV

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? Where would you go? Would you witness some historical event? Would you go see some famous person? Would you go back and try to fix a mistake? With so many choices, what would you do?

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Teddy Bear Picture

Theodore Roosevelt – Poor Health as a Child

Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. Numbers 22:31 KJV

Who, in their right mind, was the soul who first grabbed one of these creepy looking varmints and said, “I bet if you throw one of these on the grill for a little while and then add a little cocktail sauce to it, it would taste great?” Today, though, we are going to talk about one that was lucky to be around at all.

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Martin Van Buren – Erie Canal fight with DeWitt Clinton

Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? This is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, And said unto the king, Let the king live forever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah 2:2-4 KJV

My breakfast is sitting in front of me, yet my thoughts are on distant things. I try to shift back to the present, but those thoughts howl at me and I turn back in their direction. Distracted, upset and confused, I look at my eggs and take a bite. Such are moments consumed with despair.

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