Top government leaders met recently in Washington’s Mayflower Hotel for the sixth Presidential Prayer Breakfast with delegates of International Council for Christian Leadership, sponsoring group.
Many Americans interpret this annual gathering as a wholesome recognition of the need for national dependence upon God.
Host this year of the event which brings together members of Cabinet, courts, and Congress, along with other leading government officials, was William C. Jones, owner-manager of W. C. Jones Intertype Service of Hollywood.
Due to a raspish cold, President Eisenhower was indisposed and unable to attend the breakfast. Senator Frank Carlson of Kansas, president of ICCL, presided, and taking part were Secretary of the Army Wilbur M. Brucker, Senator John Stennis (Miss.), Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, and Secretary of the Treasury Robert B. Anderson. A case of flu cancelled Texas Governor Price Daniel’s scheduled participation.
After Scripture reading, the main address was given by Charles E. Wilson, former head of the General Electric Co., now president of People-to-People Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Wilson noted that wrong has triumphed for a time in too many parts of the world. “But God has not abdicated.… It may even be that the world will have to suffer yet more before men feel as they should their utter dependence on God.” Toward a solution of world problems, Wilson offered facilities of his organization to arrange an international forum for the frank exchange of views, each participant speaking as a human being rather than as a member of a government-team.
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