Thursday, May 4, 2006

National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer. On May 6, 1982, The Great Communicator, President Ronald Reagan, said the following:
"Today, prayer is still a powerful force in America, and our faith in God is a mighty source of strength. Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are 'one nation under God,' and our currency bears the motto, 'In God We Trust.' The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril. Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they've forbidden religious practice in the classrooms. The law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms. How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?"

Now, on the first Thursday of May each year, our nation observes a National Day of Prayer. It's a time to give thanks for the great bounty of our nation and to ask God's blessings upon the leaders of our great land -- to ask that He guide them in the leadership of our country, and that He temper them to act responsibly in all that they do.

What are you thankful for today? Have you recently been showered with blessings?

Lying before me as I write this is the most beautiful little newborn baby girl ever. She's healthy, happy, has ten fingers and ten toes, and is bonding wonderfully with mommy. And sitting in her hospital bed next to me is the mommy that carried her for nine months: my beautiful wife. Both are doing wonderful, and for them I am eternally thankful!

Whatever you do today, stop for a moment. Catch your breath. Smell the flowers. Enjoy the sunshine or the smell of fresh-fallen rain, whichever the case may be. Say a prayer for blessings. Give thanks.


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