Today is a National Day of Prayer and a day of of observance for people of all faiths to pray or meditate.
In 1952, Congress proclaimed a national day of prayer, but our nation’s leaders have called for prayer for hundreds of years.
In 1775, the Continental Congress issued a proclamation for it; 20 years later, it was George Washington calling for thanks and prayer. Then John Adams and then Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey issued her own encouragements.
“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I can think of no better time to pray for our country, our state, and one another,” Ivey said. “I certainly believe that prayer changes things! As your governor, I ask you to join me in praying for our state and I echo the prayer from Numbers 6:24-26: ‘May the lord bless you and keep you, make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, may he turn his face toward you, and give you peace.’ May God bless you and the great state of Alabama!”
Due to the pandemic, celebrations may look different, but the intention is the same: to take some time for quiet thought and thanks.