Stewart-Hunter community observes National Day of Prayer
May 12, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Parishioners connected with a higher power at Marne Chapel, May 5, for the 60th anniversary of National Day of Prayer. Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, NDP is recognized the first Thursday of May where Americans are encouraged to pray.
"I personally believe that there is a higher power out there, and for me that is God," said Sgt. Joseph Diacheysn, 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Company. "Everybody should have something to fall back on and I believe faith will get you through anything."
After the prelude, attendees were warmly greeted by Chap. (Lt. Col.) William Prewitt.
"Thank you for taking time out of your busy day, to come and take part in the 60th annual National Day of Prayer," said Lt. Col. Prewitt. "It's important for us to humble ourselves before God, and remember that he is in charge regardless of what is going on around us."
Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Prewitt proceeded to read II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
"It's important for us to come together and say, God we need your help," Lt. Col. Prewitt added.
After attendees sang "In his time," Chaplain (Maj.) Barton Herndon prayed for Families.
"Lord we thank you for our spouses, who sacrifice so much in order that we may serve our country and defend our nation," Chap. (Maj.) Herndon said. "When we are away, our spouses pay the bills, clean the house, cook the meals, change the diapers and as you know, the list goes on and on."
Additional prayers were offered for Soldiers led by Chap. (Maj.) George Wallace, Chap. (Maj.) Samuel Cabrera prayed for the Army and Chap. (Maj.) Michael Reeves led worshipers in a prayer for government officials.
Finally, Chaplain (Col.) Warren Kirby concluded the event with a prayer for our country.
"You are the same God who created this world, the same God that breathed upon this nation, the same God that blessed us and allows us to experience the great liberties, prosperities and all those things that are still alive and that we love," said Chaplain Col. Kirby. "Continue to bless us and be with us no matter what should transpire in our world."