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To the Editor:
Some two months ago, our nation observed the National Day of Prayer (NDP) (May 6) continuing its long history and heritage of corporate prayer to seek God’s wisdom in the affairs of this great country. Our county of Carroll was no exception with NDP proclamations read by officials, the veterans flag ceremony, schools gathered around flags, concerts of prayer, Bible reading and praise music, pastors and churches and prayer walkers and citizens of all ages joining in one accord to participate. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who took part in various ways so these events could be a reality and pleasing to our Lord. Also, to the NDP Task force Committee who saw it through.

In 1775, the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. President Lincoln declared a proclamation for a day of humiliation, fasting and prayer during the crisis of the Civil War in 1863. Then in 1952, by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman, the National Day of Prayer was established. In 1988, President Reagan permanently set the day as the first Thursday in May.

Our nation once again is headed into the “crisis territory,” fractured in every realm of our society as we celebrate the official birth date of this country where 56 men pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence. If there ever was a time for the church and praying people to step forward, it is now – time to awake and call upon the Lord of Heaven who alone can change hearts of people as we pray and take up the Biblical mandate on a continual basis, not just one day a year.

This year’s NDP Task Force Committee was comprised of Jeri Smethers, Sandi Naugle, Bonnie Little and Chris McLean.

Barb Walton
Task Force Member
Carrollton, OH 

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