National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 6, 2021

The First Thursday of May

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.

Click here to see the history of the National Day of Prayer.



“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.” 
—Thomas Jefferson, 1808

First Call of Prayer in 1775

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.


Significance of the National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.

Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances – organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is Ours

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman emeritus, reminded us: “We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.”

Historical Summary

  • 1775 – The first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer
  • 1863 – Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.
  • 1952 – Congress established NDP as an annual event by a joint resolution, signed into law by President Truman (82-324)
  • 1988 – The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May (100-307).
  • There have been 146 national calls to prayer, humiliation, fasting and thanksgiving by the President of the United States (1789 – 2017).
  • There have been 69 Presidential Proclamations for a National Day of Prayer (1952 – 2017). Gerald R. Ford (1976), George H. Bush (1989 – 91), Barack H. Obama (2012), and Donald J. Trump (2017) are the only U.S. Presidents to sign multiple National Day of Prayer Proclamations in the same year.
  • Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
  • 35 of the 45 U.S. Presidents have signed proclamations for National Prayer. Three of the Presidents who did not sign a proclamation died while serving in office. Two Presidents, not included in the count—William Howard Taft and Warren Gamaliel Harding, signed proclamations for Thanksgiving and Prayer.
  • Records indicate there have been 1,526 state and federal calls for national prayer since 1775 and counting.

Courtesy of nationaldayofprayer.org

Trailblazing Christian Music Artist – Carman – Has Passed Away

Trailblazing Christian music artist Carman Licciardello, known to fans simply as Carman, has died.

An update on his Facebook page says he passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16 at a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.

Carman, a GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, had turned 65 while in the hospital on Jan. 19.

As CBN News reported three weeks ago, he underwent hernia surgery which had resulted in a sudden, life-threatening crisis, including internal bleeding, organ failure, and then pneumonia.

Carman had been diagnosed with incurable multiple myeloma cancer in 2013. He experienced several years of recovery. Then he reported last year that cancer had returned but he wouldn’t stop fighting and he planned to continue touring.

Last week, Carman’s team reported on his Facebook page, “Due to his long fight with cancer and the effect that has on the body, his bounce back from this has been slower than he would like. He appreciates all of the care and prayers you have sent his way.”

In announcing Carman’s death on Feb. 16, his manager Matt Felts said, “This world has lost a light in the darkness but today Carman saw first hand the fruit of his labors.”

Carman received dozens of major honors and awards over the decades before being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

He reportedly holds the world record for having the largest audience to see a single Christian artist. He set the record for the largest concert at Texas Stadium with more than 71,000 fans and led more than 80,000 fans in worship in Chattanooga, Tennessee

CBN

9th Person Arrested for Attack on U. S. Capitol

BUFORD, Ga. — Another man from Georgia has been arrested on charges relating to the attack on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Verden Andrew Nalley, 49, of Buford, was arrested Tuesday.

Information about what charges Nalley faces has not been released yet.

The FBI said that the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest.

Nalley is the ninth person from Georgia arrested after violent protesters supporting former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Seven people, including a woman from Kennesaw, died as a result of attack.

WSB

Mississippi City Will Pay You To Move There

How about a move to a charming place that will pay you $6,000 to relocate and move there for a year?

The historic city of Natchez—known for its rich sunsets, vibrant festivals, meandering bike paths, and antebellum homes—is offering remote workers $2,500 in moving expenses and $300 a month for a year to help people up sticks and move to town.

When we say it’s a historic place, we mean it. According to Lonely Planet, this is “one of the oldest continuous settlements on the Mississippi River, besting New Orleans, its bigger, flashier neighbor, by two years.”In good news: The cost of living in the city, home to 15,000, is lower than the national average, and the median home is $96,056 according to Zillow.

The first and only city in the Deep South to offer such a program, the initiative is called Shift South and there are 30 slots available. Those who want to apply will need to be employed remotely in the US. They’ll need to establish primary residency in Natchez, buy a home there worth $150,000 or more, and own and live in it for one year.

“The pandemic has really been a wake-up call to what people have been feeling for a long time,” local mayor Dan Gibson told CNN. “They’re tired of the big cities, the high cost of living and the long commutes. With this offer, you can live in a beautiful, historic small town where everything is convenient and affordable.”

Remote workers who’d like to apply to the Shift South incentive program can read here.

An Act of Kindness From A Homeless Man

In Jewish tradition, a mitzvah is a good deed that’s performed with a good heart simply because it’s the right thing to do. And that’s just how Evelyn Topper described the kind act of a homeless stranger who’d gone out of his way to return her lost wallet.

Topper likely dropped the wallet when she and her granddaughter, Mikayla Gounard, were leaving a local coffee shop in San Rafael, California that they’d just patronized, but Topper didn’t realize it was missing until she got home. With her credit, debit, and medical cards gone, she was understandably upset.

The next day, however, Topper got a call that put her worries to rest.

Sean Curry had found the wallet in a dumpster behind the coffee shop. Except for the cash, its contents were intact. Even though he’d been homeless for five years, rather than take advantage, Curry reached out to make arrangements to return Topper’s property.

While a true mitzvah is performed without expectation of recognition or reward, sometimes the powers that be—with the help of a determined young girl—take matters into their own hands.

Mikayla Gounard had already planned a socially distant “drive-by” party for her upcoming 12th birthday. Rather than presents, she’d decided to ask for contributions to be donated to charity in her name.

Gounard hadn’t yet chosen which charity the money would go to, but after learning more about the man who’d so selflessly returned her grandmother’s wallet, the choice seemed obvious.

It was Gounard’s turn to set her own mitzvah in motion. On the day of her party, the newly-minted 12-year-old placed a photo of Curry and a collection basket next to balloons and party favors on an outdoor table in her driveway. By the end of her “Happy Birthday!” processional, she’d raised several hundred dollars.When Gounard and her mom met up with Curry the next day to give him the money, he admitted to feeling truly humbled by the heartwarming gesture.Rather than merely giving lip service to the idea that “one good turn deserves another,” like Curry, Gounard chose to make that good turn happen—because she knew it was the right thing to do.

“I think it’s really important that people who think that because you got pushed down you can never get back up again,” Gounard said.

We think so too.

goodnewsnetwork.org

Moving Company Helps Domestic Violence Victims Leave Homes At No Cost

A moving company announced this month a new commitment to provide free moves to victims of domestic violence and those currently living in abusive situations.

Since the recent launch of the program, College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving has already completed over 100 free moves for those who are fleeing an unsafe situation in the U.S. and Canada.

This new program is even more important as more cities are going into lockdown and victims can end up being trapped during the pandemic without relief.

“I definitely think our Free Moves for Survivors of Domestic Violence program sheds light on a really important issue that is not often talked about,” College Hunks co-founder Nick Friedman told GNN.

“As a purpose driven, socially-conscious organization we’re always looking for ways to positively impact our communities—in this case, particularly for those who feel powerless in unhealthy home situations.”

20 years ago, another moving company, Meathead Movers, began offering free moves to people in abusive homes. Last year they donated more than $150,000 worth of moving services, partnering with eight domestic violence shelters in Central and Southern California.

Now, College Hunks Hauling is extending the same kind of help across their 131 franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada, offering the use of trucks and labor at no cost.

Individuals who need this kind of help should first contact their local domestic violence-prevention shelter to notify them of their situation.

A certified domestic violence-prevention shelter will then need to approve and coordinate the no-cost move requests through College HUNKS to ensure that the victim is supported throughout the entire transition.Once qualifications for the free move are confirmed, the approving shelter works in partnership with College Hunks to execute the move in coordination with their local franchise owner and the local authorities, as needed, for the safety of both the victim and the assisting College HUNKS team.College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving was originally founded by two college buddies, Omar Soliman and Nick who began using a beat-up cargo van to haul furniture. H.U.N.K.S. becoming an abbreviation for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable, Service.

Follow the instructions above in order to be considered for free moving services…

GNN

12 Year Old Accepted to Georgia Tech

Nov. 24 (UPI) — A 12-year-old Georgia boy who has been accepted to attend Georgia Tech said he plans to study aerospace engineering for a career in space exploration.

Caleb Anderson, 12, who is dual-enrolled in high school and Chattahoochee Technical College, is aiming to start classes at Georgia Tech next fall, his family said.

“I think I am going to go to Mars, and do more school, I think, and try to get my master’s at Georgia Tech,” Anderson told WSB-TV.

“Then do an internship with Elon Musk, and then I’ll probably get my Ph.D. at MIT. And then I think I’ll start working at either NASA or SpaceX.”

The boy’s parents said they noticed their son was exceptionally intelligent at a very young age.Father Kobi Anderson said Caleb was asking questions from the time he was able to talk.

The precocious 12-year-old, who has received an offer from comedian Steve Harvey to cover the cost of his tuition at Georgia Tech, offered some advice for other kids seeking to emulate his successes.

“If you want to succeed, you have to do two things. Number one, you have to learn to fail,” he said. “That’s a really big part of winning, too. … And the second part is, you always try. … If somebody says, ‘You can’t do that,’ that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.”