GRAFTON—Most Christians would agree that now more than ever, people need to come together in prayer for our fellow man and our nation, and to do just that, residents are invited to attend a special event.
Each year, the first Thursday in May is set aside for the National Day of Prayer. It is a day for people from all faiths to come together to pray for the country as a whole.
The National Day of Prayer started in 1775, but was not officially recognized until 1952, when President Truman signed the proclamation declaring a National Day of Prayer.
The law was amended, permanently setting the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer and was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
Every year, local, state and national events are held, that unite Americans from all backgrounds. It is estimated that over two million people take part in these events, according to www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
Residents are invited to attend the local National Day of Prayer at the International Mother’s Day Shrine on Thursday, May 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Fleeta Dickey, local National Day of Prayer organizer and Grafton Aglow Community Lighthouse President, encourages those who attend to bring with them a chair if they wish to sit.
“If it should rain, we will move our event inside the International Mother’s Day Shrine,” she added.
The National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for Americans of all faiths to join in united prayer acknowledging God, giving thanks and asking him to guide the nation and its citizens, daily.
It is a time when Christians can come together to acknowledge their blessings and express gratitude for them, while recognizing the need for strengthening religious and moral values in our community, state and nation.
“We hope that you will join us for our local celebration,” voiced Dickey. “Now more than ever, we need to be thanking and praising God for all the blessings he provides.”