President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the suffering and resurrection of Jesus Christ has helped him put problems in perspective, tying the Easter story to the nation's rebirth.
Obama addressed a room full of religious leaders at the third annual Easter prayer breakfast at the White House on Wednesday and recounted Jesus saying, "In this world, you will have trouble."
"We all have experiences that shake our faith," Obama said. "There are times where we have questions for God's plan relative to us but that's precisely when we should remember Christ's own doubts and eventually his own triumph."
Obama shared with the audience that he's heartened when people tell him they pray for him even if they didn't vote for him.
"It's a reminder not only of what binds us together as a nation, but also what binds us together as children of God," the president said.
Obama went on to discuss the "sacrifice that led up to [the resurrection], and all that Christ endured -- not just as a Son of God, but as a human being."
"So the struggle to fathom that unfathomable sacrifice makes Easter all the more meaningful to all of us. It helps us to provide an eternal perspective to whatever temporal challenges we face," he added. "It puts in perspective our small problems relative to the big problems He was dealing with. And it gives us courage and it gives us hope."
Obama quipped that he wanted to get together with the leaders for prayer and reflection during "some calm before the storm," referring to the thousands of children who will overrun the White House lawn Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll.
by RTT Staff Writer
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