National Prayer Day in East Texas

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Here at home, mayors, pastors and police chiefs, joined with their fellow East Texans, pausing to pray in cities all over the area. While the expressions may have been different, the purpose was the same. In Lufkin, there was singing, in Tyler there was eating, in Nacogdoches there was dancing, but everywhere, there was prayer.

I they say the country was founded on prayer.....

"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 Tami Bell.

In Nacogdoches, it was a message of encouragement. Pastor Kelvin Wade encouraged people to seize every opportunity, especially in tough times. The national theme: "Prayer, America's Hope." Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass said it's something our nation needs now, more than ever.

"Our scripture this year is Psalm 33:22 and it's 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 a theme...American's hope," said Bass.

Ultimately, they hope their prayers don't just reach their respective communities, but also the rest of the country.

The National Day of Prayer was founded by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1952. There will be a prayer event Thursday night in Winnsboro where a human cross will be formed. That event starts at 8pm.

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