National Day of Prayer gives thanks

Published 6:06 pm Thursday, May 2, 2024

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The 2024 Bible Reading Marathon opened at 8 a.m. Monday, April 29, and closed at noon May 2 for the beginning of the National Day of Prayer, which is an annual day of observance designated by the United States Congress and held on the first Thursday of May. On that day, people are asked to turn to God in prayer and meditation. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

At noon, Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves closed the 2024 Bible Reading Marathon and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to live in a country where people can come together and worship and give thanks to God.

Special music was presented by Sheila Jackson who invited everyone to join in “Sing of the Goodness of God.”

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“And God is good, so good and it is a blessing for us to sing of God’s goodness,” Jackson said.

The Rev. Ross Langford, First Baptist Church, brought a message of hope for peace and understanding here in Pike County, in all America and around the world.

All believers were invited to come listen in togetherness as God’s Word was read aloud and to pray for all those here at home and those around the world.

The City of Brundidge took time on the National Day of Prayer, to give thanks and praise to God for His goodness. At noon, city employees gathered to thank God for His love, mercy and grace.

“We need to thank God each and every day,” said Mayor Isabell Boyd. “And, it is good and right for a day to be set aside so that we come together as one to say ‘Thank you God for your forgiveness and your blessings.’ No matter what happens in this world, we know that God will see us through.”

Boyd said the theme for the 2024 National Day of Prayer was and is: “Lift Up The Word – Light Up The World.” The theme comes from the book of 2 Samuel, Chapter 2, “For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness. 

That scripture is comforting assurance for all believers, Boyd said.