Brownwood area residents are being invited to join others across the country in local observances of the 56th annual National Day of Prayer today. A ceremony will be held outside Brownwood City Hall at noon, and two will be held in Comanche. Given the circumstances many in the United States and in other places around the world find themselves, it seems like the proper thing to do.

Pastors, ministers, theologians and even historians agree that it is in times of trouble when people tend to turn to their faith for comfort and guidance.

The threat of nuclear proliferation continues to worry peaceful society. The scramble for resources like water and energy are bringing the haves and have-nots to a point of confrontation. And while the world seems to ricochet from disaster to disaster and from crisis to crisis, the human condition is also in turmoil. Families are being torn apart by war, bitterness and depression. Promising futures are being ruined by addictions.

Some who gather to participate in the National Day of Prayer may be thinking, “Well, this can’t hurt, I guess we can try it.”

It’s much more than that. It can help, and it will. The simple, yet bold, act of joining together as a community and expressing care and concern is the first step toward solving many of the problems facing the world. And those who have faith in the power of prayer know how significant this act can be.

Brownwood Bulletin