For many years the town square in Mount Ida has seen faithful local citizens come together on the first Thursday in May to honor the National Day of Prayer. At this time in the history of the world, when we need prayer more than ever, there is no gathering; the square is empty.
When World War II ended, G.I. Bills were introduced, allowing veterans to build homes, attend college, raise families and enjoy the great American way of life. Churches were springing up everywhere and the family unit was still intact. In 1952, some very wise men and women in Congress saw the need for our country to honor our Creator for the abundant blessings bestowed on this nation and the decision was made to establish an annual day of prayer; a time when people of all backgrounds could come together as one to thank God for the many blessings being enjoyed. This tradition has been honored by every president since.
This year, May 7, 2020, will be different.
One again, we find ourselves at war; there is battle raging in our country and around the world. An unseen and unfamiliar enemy has invaded our lives with an indescribable viciousness. Most of us were blind-sided and caught totally unprepared to face this unseen foe. You need only turn on the tube to see worldwide devastation.
Because of social distancing, Brother David Rouse, Community Coordinator for this National Day of Prayer, has sent a letter encouraging each local pastor to plan what is best for their particular church family. This may be an unexpected opportunity for all families to come together in love and unity regardless of religious background and in some cases, none.
Back in the day, mentioned earlier, when living the “American Dream” we never dreamed the day would come when many families would be so distanced. Behind every cloud, there is usually a silver lining and ours today just may be the opportunity to bring the family unit together again on this National Day of Prayer in renewed love for one another, and fresh dedication as a family to love one another and reverence our wonderful Creator.
Today, when we need prayer for our nation like never before; no families will be gathered at the square; but God and a host of angels will be there; just as surely as He has always been with and blessed this community. He will also be with each and every person and family who come together in unity of spirit to pray for our nation. We need God today like never before in our lifetimes. Thsi is the time to lay aside all our differences and reflect on the goodness of our Maker, who created each of us in His image and likeness.
As citizens of Montgomery County, we can all thank God for this very special promise: Psalm 91:1-7, 10: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
Praise and thanks be to our amazing God for His many blessings on us on this very special National Day of Prayer.