Saturday, February 16, 2019
President Donald Trump is spending the weekend with First Lady Melania Trump and other family members at their Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. He does not have any public events scheduled.
Vice President Mike Pence is in Germany for the three-day Munich Security Conference. The closed-door high-stakes meetings are bringing together an unprecedented number of international decision-makers, including the largest U.S. delegation ever. A multitude of international organizations is represented, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Commitments to NATO are high on the agenda.
- For a restorative weekend in Florida for the First Family.
- For Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the American delegation attending the Munich Security Conference.
- For plans that President Trump is making for his summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the end of this month with Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
The President's Schedule
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Charles Spurgeon was one of the leading preachers in London during the 1800s. He had a brilliant sense of humor, phenomenal orating skills, and struggles with deep bouts of depression. Spurgeon’s health was poor, he was in constant pain, could barely walk or write, and suffered debilitating headaches. He said he identified with Asaph, the writer of Psalm 77, a psalm of lament.
Spurgeon wrote: “Some of us know what it is, both physically and spiritually, to be compelled to use these words: no respite has been afforded us by the silence of the night, our bed has been a rack to us, our body has been in torment, and our spirit in anguish. … Alas, my God, any writer of this expression well knows what they servant Asaph meant for his soul is familiar with the way of grief. Deep glens and lonely caves of soul depressions, my spirit knows full well your awful glooms!”
The key for Asaph, and for Spurgeon, was what follows today’s verse: “Let me remember my song in the nigh; let me meditate in my heart.” Just remembering the “days of old” was not enough; they had to remember God’s provision, the foundation of their hope and their faith. Asaph and Spurgeon knew what was true about God, even if they couldn’t see it at the moment.
When you feel depressed and that your prayers aren’t “working,” remember that God hears you. The same Lord who has been through your past is present; and you can rely on that truth. Pray for President Trump to find power in God’s presence, and to rely on Him in difficult times.