Many people are unaware that we live in a nation that has a law in place which requires our President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year. This year, the National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 2nd.
In response to an address that Reverend Billy Graham gave on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in February 1952, a bill calling for an annual National Day of Prayer was unanimously passed through Congress, then signed by President Harry Truman on April 17th, 1952. On January 25th, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the designation for the first Thursday in May to be set aside each year as an annual observance for the National Day of Prayer, followed by President Bill Clinton signing the following into law on August 12th, 1998:
“The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.” (Pub.L. 105-225)
The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another.” The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “…love one another, just as I have loved you.” There will be gatherings in Waynesboro and Clifton at noon, and in Collinwood at 6 P.M. on Thursday to pray for all needs, especially the needs of our country. The gathering in Waynesboro will be at the flagpole on the courthouse lawn. Clifton will gather at the flagpole at Clifton City Hall, and Collinwood will gather at the flagpole at Collinwood City Park. Many area churches are participating in the events, and everyone is invited to come out and pray for peace and unity in our country.