A Presidential Encounter
Posted 05/07/2018 12:04PM

by Meme Greene / Lion Staff

On April 12th, 2018, Lovett welcomed Jimmy Carter to speak at an all school chapel service. Former President Carter gave an inspiring speech on “love and peace and democracy and freedom,” making an impact on the Lovett community forever.

His speech was originally to be a surprise for Headmaster Billy Peebles’ departure, but he found out along the way, according to Stewart Lathan, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs.

“God gives us wonderful things,” Carter said in his speech. “Life and freedom. Freedom to make our own choices. He also gives us talent and ability. Enough talent and ability to be successful in life.”

Following the chapel service, I was lucky enough to get a short interview with President Carter. I had a limited amount of time, so I chose my two questions wisely.

First, I asked him: Was it hard to keep your faith in office? He responded: “No, I think my faith was strengthened when I was in the White House. I had so much responsibility then, and I prayed more then than I ever have in my life.”

Then I asked him: What inspired your message today? And he said, “I was trying to think of something that the students could understand. I didn’t know what I was going to say until last night. It was very last minute.”

Getting to meet President Carter was one of the most memorable moments of my life, and I will never forget the message he gave, reminding all of us that God is always there for us.

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