Day of Prayer offers hope when nation comes together

To the editor:

Thursday is National Day of Prayer!

Nightly news reminds us of wars and nuclear threats by terrorist nations. Parents fear for the future of their children in the midst of tough economic times and a ballooning national debt. People wonder just what the future holds. Is there hope for America?

This year’s theme, “Pray for America,” is based on Matthew 12:21, which reminds us that “in his name the nations will put their hope.”

Throughout history we have seen that during times of crisis great American leaders have called the nation to prayer. In 1952, the U.S. Congress passed a law establishing a National Day of Prayer. In 1988, this law was amended and signed by President Reagan establishing the first Thursday of May as the annual National Day of Prayer in America. Yes, we actually have a law that sets aside a specific day urging Americans to pray for their country.

This year the president of the United States and the governors of all 50 states are expected to issue proclamations urging citizens to pray for their country. The Dubois Country Commissioners have issued and signed such a proclamation as well and have approved the use of the Dubois County Courthouse property for this event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. As always, the event promises to be patriotic, nonpartisan and God-honoring.

Pastors from area churches and government leaders will participate in the evening’s program and music will be provided by Free Reign, of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville’s Jasper Deanery. Come early and bring a lawn chair.

In the face of troubling times, can anything be more important than coming together to pray for this nation? There is hope for America!

—Tom Jahn

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