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Bible reading marathon resumes today

The Bible Reading Marathon was postponed Monday due to the weather but will resumed at 5:30 a.m. today at the Gazebo on the square in downtown Troy. As scheduled, the reading will end at noon on Thursday, May 6, the National Day of Prayer.

The Bible Reading Marathon is sponsored annually by the Salem-Troy Baptist Association with churches throughout the area participating.

Linda Adams, association administrative assistant, said lightning prompted the halt of the reading around 5 a.m. Monday.

“It was just too dangerous for anyone to be out there,” she said. “We really didn’t have a choice.”

This is the fourth year for the Bible Reading Marathon, which begins on the Sunday before the National Day of Prayer and concludes with prayer at the Gazebo on the day designated for the nation to come together in prayer.

The Bible Reading Marathon begins with Genesis 1:1, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and concludes with Revelation 22:21, The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

“The Bible is read from beginning to end and, in the past three years of our marathon, we have completed the entire Bible and started back with the New Testament,” Adams said. “So even though we had to stop reading for a day, we should be able to read most of the Bible, but wherever we are at noon on Thursday, we will stop for the prayer service.”

Readers are still needed especially during the late night and early morning hours.

Each reading is 15 minutes and people of all ages and from all denominations are invited and encouraged to participate.

Those who are interested in reading are encouraged to stop by the tent on the square and sign up and be a part of sharing God’s word.