In a few days, President Barack Obama says we’ll all experience the “wonder of Easter morning.”
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The president hosted more than 100 Christians at the White House Wednesday for an Easter Prayer Breakfast, calling it an opportunity to “relfect on the triumph of the resurrection.”
Christians from across the country joined to sing the popular hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” with Christian artist Sara Groves in the East Room of the White House.
President Obama told them when he travels, he bumps into Americans who say they’re praying for him.
“That means a lot to us. It especially means a lot to us when we hear from folks who we know probably didn’t vote for me,” Obama said. “And yet, expressing extraordinary sincerity about their prayers.”
“It’s a reminder not only of what binds us together as a nation, but also what binds us together as children of God,” he added.
The president said he didn’t want to “preach to a group of preachers,” but he did talk about how Jesus overcame his fear in the Garden of Gethsemane to fulfill God’s will.
“It’s only because he endured unimaginable pain that wracked his body and bore the sins of the world that he burdened,” Obama said. “That burdened his soul that we are able to proclaim, ‘He is risen!'”
Quoting from the Bible, the president also gave words of encouragement.
“‘In this world, you will have trouble,'” Obama said.
“I think I heard an amen,” he continued to laughter. “‘In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.'”
President Obama started the tradition of holding an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House during his first year in office. At the time, polls showed some Americans continued to believe he was a Muslim.