What better time to pray? Our country is in the midst of the process of electing a president and Congress members for the next four years. Our servicemen and women are deployed in the very dangerous countries of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other parts of the world. The economy of our country is teetering on collapse. Our state and community are struggling to work through the difficulties caused by the weakened economy.
Yes, it is indeed a good time to ask God for blessing, wisdom and guidance.
It is also a good time to remember to be grateful for the bounty our country enjoys and the opportunities our Constitution gives to us as citizens of the United States.
As our Founding Fathers sought divine guidance when creating our country, so we continue to set aside a day for all faiths to pray for our country. Presidents George Washington, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln signed proclamations encouraging the people of our country to pray.
In 1952, President Harry Truman declared a National Day of Prayer and signed into law an annual observance there of. President Ronald Reagan signed into law the designation of the first Thursday in May as the annual observance. In this tradition, President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation for the National Day of Prayer to be held May 3.
Several churches and organizations in Gainesville and Hall County will be having special times to participate in observing the National Day of Prayer. May we all take advantage of these opportunities to pray for our city, county, and country that the days before us will be bright ones. Yes, this is indeed a good time to pray.
Juliette A. Hawk
Flowery Branch, Chaplain, Col. William Candler Chapter, NSDAR