I am reading with great interest a biography of Harry S Truman.  There was more to this man that meets the eye.  He was  a modest man.  He did not have a college degree.  But, a very wise man.  He loved people.  He was a farmer most of his younger years.  At 32 years of age, he volunteered for duty in the U.S. Army.  He served with distinction.  Later he served as a judge, a senator and was elected as vice-president of the United States.  He was well aware of the awesome responsibility because he was only a heart beat away from becoming president.  He was vice president for only 82 days when president Roosevelt died.  April 12, 1945, Truman was sworn in as the 33rd president.  Truman presided over the end of  World War II and dropping of  the atomic bomb on Japan.

On Truman’s desk, I understand, are two signs: one reads, “The buck stops here” and the other “Do what is right, it will gratify some and amaze others.”

Truman’s address to congress following Roosevelt’s death was a crucial time in his life and in the life of our country.  The end of his speech is worth our attention.  “In conclusion, Truman lifted his face, raised his hands and said, “At this moment I have in my heart a prayer. As I have assumed my duties, I humbly pray Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon: “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”  I ask only to be a good and faithful servant of my Lord and my people.”

No one could realistically question Truman’s integrity.  He was an honest man, one who accepted responsibility and did his best as he knew it.  He felt keenly the weight of the world and discharged his duty.

I am impressed with this man and wonder if I could be as courageous and wise as he was.  Truman’s use of Solomon’s prayer should stimulate us to do the same. We need to pray for an understanding heart in our dealing with people.  Also, we need to pray for discernment in knowing the difference between what is good and bad.  That sometimes is not an easy task nor are we always willing to see it and do what is right.  Most of all, we need to pray that we will prove to be a good and faithful servant of our Lord.  May we understand that we play life to the audience of ONE, which is God. We must practice His presence.’

2 Responses to “HARRY S TRUMAN”

  1. Max I have read this twice. You sure have a gift from God to write and publish these devotionals. These are great reminders of the attitude we should have in dealing with others, family and friends . You sure exhibit these qualities ! Thank you .
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Max, very good. I have always thought Harry Truman was an honest and wise man.

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