On the Ellipse

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A week ago I had to walk across the Ellipse, which is a circular park between the White House and the Washington Monument. I had to walk here because the shorter routes to the White House southern side were blocked off.  From here you can see a lot of things in any direction.  The view to the north is in the photo above, and you can see not only the White House but the Old Executive Office Building to the left and even a chopper just above the treeline to the right.  Behind me is the Washington Monument…

So many important people have walked here, from Abraham Lincoln heading off to see some important war leaders, to Harry Truman on his morning stroll.  The first time I was here, there were baseball diamonds and people playing on them… I’ve also been involved in football games and frisbee out here in years past.

You might note that the grass isn’t doing so well this year, as there has been almost no rain for the last few months.

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Zooming in, you can see the fences and barriers ahead; these were not here in the old days.  The white fence appears to be there for the National Christmas tree on the extreme right, which should be up and running for the Christmas season in a couple of weeks or so.  You can also see that there are people at the south fence taking pictures.  This was my destination on this trip, although there are still several obstacles before I reached that point.  In the old days, there would be lots of city traffic in this view, running down Executive Avenue, but of course, traffic is no longer permitted there for some reason… The vehicles up ahead are official cars as I would discover. To be honest, I’ve never been out here when things were so quiet before.  Maybe it was just because of the time of day, about 10 or 10:30.

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In this final shot, you can get a better view of the National Christmas tree.  It looks like the lights are in place, but apparently there is plenty more to do; that stuff over to the tree’s right is construction crews, trucks and materials.  I’ve never been out here this close to Christmas before, so I’m not really sure how much they set up.  Anyway, at least it isn’t the National “Holiday tree” yet!

I don’t know if you caught my post about this little trip last Friday (you can view it here if you missed it) but if you did, I hope you’ve been praying for our Nation.  No kidding, please pray for our leaders, our Nation and our people, and if you are in another country, then we should all be praying for your leaders, countries and people as well.

I think we should all try to remember a few things about this sort of prayer:

First, you do not need to be a fan of the current group of leaders to pray for them, nor is it a criticism of them if we do.

Second, Jesus taught us to do this, and the Bible has many references to such prayers; they are pleasing to God.

Third, prayer is not an empty gesture, for God’s people in prayer is the spiritual equivalent of an artillery barrage; it is going on the offensive in a spiritual battle for the hearts of Mankind.

Fourth, God hears our prayers!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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8 Responses to On the Ellipse

  1. In December 1977 I sang with a group as part of the “Pageant of Peace” on the ellipse. I still remember the beautiful views surrounding us. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. dirofpr says:

    Agreed. Remember W? We had a whole Presidential Prayer Team movement with stickers and everything. Where’d all that go? President Obama needs and deserves our prayers also … aside from the fact that the Word tells us to pray for our leaders 🙂

  3. This country needs prayer. It’s leaders need to be prayed for so they can what they have done. Stunning pictures, by the way. 🙂

  4. Asanda says:

    I am a South African. Thank you for reminding me about the call for us to pray for our leaders. I will be praying for USA leaders too.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thank you Asanda, I’m glad that you understood me in this; we need to pray for our leaders in our own countries, AND the leaders in the other countries as well, for the Body of Christ is a world wide Body, not just across the street.

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