By Faye Gaston
The monthly Union Springs Mayor's Prayer Breakfasts have been suspended for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual May breakfast observed the National Day of Prayer and was held at the Conecuh Springs Christian School.
Even though the virus guidelines discourage group gatherings, the National Day of Prayer is still in effect in 2021.
This year celebrates the 70th year of the annual observance since U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed it into law in 1952.
The U.S. President is legally required to sign a proclamation encouraging Americans to pray for our country on the first Thursday in May.
This year the National Day of Prayer is on May 6, 2021. The theme is, "LORD, pour out Your LOVE, LIFE and LIBERTY," based on 2 Corinthians 3:17.
Individuals can still pray for America on that day in families, churches, workplaces, education, military, government, arts, entertainment, and the media, following the COVID-19 guidelines.
We turn to prayer in these times to help guide us through trials and uncertainty from the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray for all who have been affected by this virus and for God's healing to be placed on the people of our nation.
America is made up of "every nation, tribe, and tongue." Our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God with critical decisions for the nation. The leaders of the National Day of Prayer this year give suggestions for prayer to include praying for our country's leaders to have wisdom in decision making and for them to submit to God for His authority, for the nation's military, for our nation to have more compassion and understanding with one another, and to learn to respect all life.
Title 36, Section 119 of the United States law states: "The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation in churches, in groups, and as individuals."