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Local leaders and 1st responders pray for community, nation

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

On Wednesday, East Texans of all faiths bowed their heads together in prayer.

"The more that we collectively come together to pray, the more impact it can have in God realizing that we are trying to affect and make change," said Rabbi Alan Learner of Ahavath Achim.

Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass called for a day of prayer and fasting on April 17 in preparation for the National Day of Prayer on May 2.

Those in attendance prayed with heavy hearts for our nation following the tragedy in Boston.

"I think that anytime there is catastrophe we see the real condition of the human spirit come together," Rabbi Learner said.

That condition is unity, which the Tyler community witnessed at Wednesday's prayer meeting.  The coordinator of the event said it is actually the fourth time that rabbis, pastors, first responders and community leaders have come together for a day of prayer and fasting. The coordinator said this year, it really could not come at a more appropriate time.

"Due to the facts of what happened in Boston, our community coming together, especially praying for our first responders, letting our community know that there are people who are praying, especially for our community, for their safety, for their well being, for our businesses, the medical staff, all of those," said event coordinator, Debbie Isham.
 
"The events in Boston really bring us home and to realize that we don't scatter to the winds when catastrophe happens," Rabbi Learner said.

"For the community leaders here, it is very important that we make sure that our police department, that our fire department has the training and they know that they have the full backing of the council, the mayor and all the employees and citizens of this community to do their job. We want to make sure that they are trained, they have the tools, and then let them do what they need to do," Mayor Bass said.

The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be at Harvey Convention Center in Tyler and is open to the general public free of charge on May 2. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and the program is scheduled to run 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Isham said this breakfast is funding by donations.

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