Humble residents gather for National Day of Prayer
Humble residents gathered at the Humble Civic Center on Thursday to love one another and to pray for the community and country, city officials said.
As part of the National Day of Prayer, residents, community religious leaders and city officials also offered prayers to the government, military, first responders, educators, businesses, families and the media.
The goal was to bring the community together.
“This year’s theme is ‘Love One Another,’ and it is taken from John 13:34,” Jennifer Wooden, Humble Civic Center director said. “Love one another just as I have loved you.”
Back in 1952, Kansas Senator Frank Carlson and Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels initiated a bill asking Former President Harry S. Truman to set aside a day, other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer.
It wasn’t until 1983 when the first National Day of Prayer was observed and organized by the National Day of Prayer Committee. It took place in Washington D.C.
Former President Bill Clinton signed a bill that became law in 1998 recognizing the first Thursday of May as the National Day of Prayer.
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation declaring May 2 as the 2019 National Day of Prayer. Trump’s proclamation acknowledges religious liberty as “a natural right, given to us by our Creator, not a courtesy that government extends to us.”
The City of Humble also gave a proclamation declaring May 2, 2019 as the National Day of Prayer in Humble, which was read by Mayor Pro Tem Norman Funderburk.
“The city is pleased to serve as host for this significant event offering unified public prayer for our country—bringing us together from all backgrounds, transcending whatever differences that may exist between us,” Funderburk said. “Through our participation we become part of a movement nationwide where millions of Americans of all faiths praying for our country.”
Many residents who attended the ceremony donned their patriotic colors as they prayed for the U.S. Many if not all who attended the ceremony believe prayer is a powerful thing.
“Prayer is so important to me because without it, we’re nothing,” Humble resident Pam Ripley said. “We have to have our God for wisdom, guidance and direction. He loves us, and He hears our prayers.”