Commissioners sign National Day of Prayer proclamation

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners approved a proclamation in recognition of the 26th annual National Day of Prayer in Meigs County during Thursday’s regular meeting.

Event organizer Brenda Barnhart spoke with the commissioners about the plans for the annual event, including the ceremony to be held on the Meigs County Courthouse steps on May 4.

National Day of Prayer events will kick off on April 30 at 3 p.m. with a “Circle the Courthouse” event to pray for the county, its employees and elected officials.

There will be Bible readings on the Pomeroy parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 1, 2 and 3, leading up the event at the courthouse on the 4th.

The ceremony at the courthouse will be held at 11:30 a.m.

In addition, signs will be posted along the walking path in Pomeroy, Middleport and Racine, encouraging people to pray for those listed on the signs as they walk by. The “Prayer Path” has been done in Pomeroy for the past few years during the week of National Day of Prayer, but this will be the first time it has been expanded to Middleport and Racine.

The theme for this year’s national event is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us!” coming from Daniel 9:19 which reads, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…”

The commissioners unanimously approved the proclamation which will also be read as part of the ceremony on May 4.

The proclamation read

Our Nation’s motto “In God We Trust” was not chosen lightly. It reflects a basic recognition that there is a divine authority in the universe to which this Nation owes homage.

Throughout our history Americans have put their faith in God and no one can doubt that we have been blessed for it. The earliest settlers of this land came in search of religious freedom. Landing on a desolate shoreline, they established a spiritual foundation that has served us ever since.

It was the hard work of our people, the freedom they enjoyed and their faith in God that built this country and made it the envy of the world. In all of our great cities and towns evidence of the faith of our people is found: houses of worship of every denomination are among the oldest structures.

Prayer is today as powerful a force in our Nation as it has ever been. We as a Nation should never forget this source of strength. And while recognizing that the freedom to choose a Godly path is the essence of liberty, as a Nation we cannot but hope that more of our citizens would, through prayer, come into a closer relationship with their Maker.

Now, Therefore, We, the Meigs County Commissioners, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 4th, 2017, a day of Prayer in Meigs County. On that day we ask all who believe, to join with us in giving Thanks to Almighty God for the blessings He has bestowed on the County of Meigs. Let us as a county join together before God, fully aware of the trials that lie ahead and the need for divine guidance.

By Sarah Hawley