TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Thursday morning, hundreds of East Texans gathered in Tyler for the 18th annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. It's just one of more than 40,000 events that will take place around the country for National Day of Prayer. This year, East Texans say they felt a stronger need to pray for our nation.
With song, food and of course prayer at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler, East Texans say today is about remembering the foundation of our nation.
"I think it is important for the kids to realize, even with all the crazy stuff going on in America, today this country supports prayer," said Tyler mom Tami Bell. Bell is raising three teenagers and two pre-teens. They came with her this morning to the prayer breakfast.
"I really pray for our young people to have a sense of direction and for families to reconnect and bond with each other," said Bell. The theme of this year's National Day of Prayer is Prayer, America's Hope. Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass says our nation needs hope now, more than ever.
"Our scripture this year is Psalm 33:22, and it based on having hope, so I think with our economy and all the things that are going on in our world, this is a good year to focus on the theme America's Hope," said Bass. This is Bass' first prayer breakfast as mayor. After 17 years, continuing the tradition Bass says was an easy decision.
"Prayer is part of who I am," said Bass. "It's part of the fiber of my beliefs, and the foundation of my faith." Together, Mayor Bass says she hopes today's prayers will reach across the country.
The National Day of Prayer Task Force says around two-million people participated in events last year. They expect an ever bigger number this year.