Thursday, May 2nd is the National Day of Prayer. In Mason, the Ministerial Alliance will be holding a service of prayer on the South side of the courthouse lawn at 12:00 noon. All are invited to attend and pray for our country. Please bring a lawn chair.
In 1775, the Continental Congress called for a time of prayer in forming a new nation. In 1873, President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of prayer. And in 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill into law proclaiming the National Day of Prayer.
The following is an excerpt from a proclamation issued earlier this year by President Barak Obama:
“Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country, and the world.
"On this National Day of Prayer, we give thanks for our democracy that respects the beliefs and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain according to the dictates of their conscience. Let us pray for all the citizens of our great Nation, particularly those who are sick, mourning, or without hope, and ask God for the sustenance to meet the challenges we face as a Nation. May we embrace the responsibility we have to each other, and rely on the better angels of our nature in service to one another. Let us be humble in our convictions, and courageous in our virtue. Let us pray for those who are suffering around the world, and let us be open to opportunities to ease that suffering.
"Let us also pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have answered our country’s call to serve with honor in the pursuit of peace. Our grateful Nation is humbled by the sacrifices made to protect and defend our security and freedom. Let us pray for the continued strength and safety of our service members and their families. While we pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending liberty, let us remember and lend our voices to the principles for which they fought—unity, human dignity, and the pursuit of justice.”