Just prior to President Eisenhower’s second inauguration, photographers wanted to snap a photograph of the President and Vice President with their young children. President Eisenhower posed with his grandchildren, Ann and David. Vice President Richard Nixon posed with his daughters, Julie and Tricia. However, eight-year-old Julie Nixon had suffered a black eye in a sledding accident. Eisenhower suggested she look to her right to hide the black eye, which forced her gaze right at David Eisenhower. Eight-year-old David stared back at her injury with widened eyes as the photographers snapped the photo. That was one of the few times the two children met.

Years later, Julie and David attended different colleges in the same town. Mamie Eisenhower was a romantic, and she believed the two would make a lovely couple. She suggested David look up Julie and get acquainted. Due to his grandmother’s insistence, David finally contacted Julie and enjoyed being with her. A romance blossomed between them.

Julie’s dormitory had a proctor, who monitored incoming guests.

On one occasion, David visited Julie, but he had to sign in with the proctor. He stopped at the front desk and said, “I’m David Eisenhower, and I want to see Julie Nixon.” The proctor replied, “I’m Harry Truman.”

David, who looked a bit scruffy, had to convince the proctor who he was.

We always recognize the names of famous people like presidents, judges, and movie stars. And it’s common for people to ‘name drop’ when they want to feel important. However, we have the incredible opportunity to know God, our creator. His fame outstrips anyone and everyone, and he can know each of us individually. As we celebrate Christmas this year, let’s rejoice that Jesus reconciled us to our Heavenly Father. What a privilege to get to know HIM!

“but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” -Jeremiah 9:24 ESV

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