National Day of Prayer Proclamation
On April 13, Darlington Mayor Gloria C. Hines was joined by Christopher Lollis of Trinity United Methodist Church, Randy James of High Hill Baptist Church, and Morris Waymer of St. James United Methodist Church to officially proclaim Thursday, May 5, 2016 as Voices United in Prayer Day in the City of Darlington.
Since 1988, the first Thursday in the month of May has been designated as a National Day of Prayer, signed into law by both Houses of Congress and President Ronald Regan. A noon ceremony normally held on the Public Square in Darlington offers a chance for citizens and clergy to join together in prayer for the strength and prosperity of governments, schools, churches, and everyone in need of spiritual uplift.
“Without prayer, we can’t make it,” said Hines, noting that it was her great pleasure to sign the proclamation. Pastor James added his conviction that this observance should take place every day, in every home.
“I’m glad to know that there are still Americans who believe in the word of God and believe in prayer. I believe prayer moves the hand of God and provides blessings for us all,” said James.
Event organizer Marilyn Blackmon was all smiles during the signing ceremony. It was apparent that since she first reached out to local pastors, establishing the first National Day of Prayer in Darlington 25 years ago, her joy has only grown deeper, and her dedication stronger.
The theme for this year’s Day of Prayer is “Wake Up America, Shout it Aloud,” inspired by the Bible passage Isaiah Chapter 58, Verse 1.