Residents join together in prayer

Published 7:09 pm Saturday, May 6, 2017

By Randy Strong

The Orange Leader

Orange County residents came together Thursday at the Orange County Courthouse the National Day of Prayer.

“The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, then signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, as an annual day of observance,”  Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton said.

In 1998, legislation signed by President Ronald Reagan, amended the law to state the National Day of Prayer would be observed on the first Thursday in May every year.

“This is an opportunity for our great nation to revitalize itself with prayer as we call on citizens to humbly come before God,” Carlton said.

Among various speakers including Commissioner Judy Crump, Little Cypress-Mauriceville Superintendent Dr. Pauline Hargrove, Carlton and Marine veteran Al Farwell.

Farwell’s prayer resounded through the crowd as he lifted up our men and women in uniform as they strive to protect and defend this great nation.

With every head bowed Farwell prayed “As they face the myriad of challenges that every day is destined to bring, may they be anchored by their faith, protected by your presence and comforted by the knowledge that they are loved by you, God.”