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Grenadians pray together at the city gathering for the National Day of Prayer on the courthouse square on May 1.

 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer


   The whisper of prayer was like the buzz of spring bees at midday Thursday on the Grenada Courthouse square.
   Some 40 Grenadians turned out to lift their voices for the 63rd Annual National Day of Prayer.
   “You can never be too prayed up,” said a smiling Deborah Hughes, a member of the Pentecostals of Grenada, who came to pray for city and national leaders.
   Hughes’s son is serving our country in Afghanistan.
   The theme for this year’s event was One Voice United in Prayer, and according to the website, the theme was meant to emphasize the need for “individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.”
   The sun shone brightly Thursday, and a whisper of a cool breeze blew as people of good will gathered around the gazebo in the broken shade and joined hands.
   The passage from the Bible used as this year’s mission statement was Romans 15:6, which reads, “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
   “It’s important to pray for our leaders and for our country,” said Stephanie Smith, who along with her daughter, Abby, 5, wore the long, modest hair of Pentecostal women. Smith’s son, Ben, 8, prayed with them.  
   Bro. Johnny Dinas was joined arm-in-arm with other faithful in a small circle. The old preacher closed his eyes as he raised his face skyward, like a prophet, speaking to a God he knows well.
   Blacks and whites joined hands and asked God’s blessings on a country they said is in need of prayer.
   The Rev. Damon Tipton, pastor of the Pentecostals of Grenada, prayed over new Parks and Recreation Director the Rev. Larry Young, pastor of Straight Gate Church of Jesus Christ.
   Margaret Turner with Belle Flower M.B. Church held hands with Billy Daly from the Grenada Lions Club. They listened as the Rev. Michael Lee of First Baptist Church led the circle in prayer.
   The Rev. Perry Montgomery  of First New Hope Missionary Baptist Church led another circle.  
Bro. Dinas’s words were carried on the cool breeze like poetry. He spoke as if the words came from another place.
   “We ask your blessings upon this city and upon its citizens,” Dinas said. “We praise you for your goodness to us and for the gift of each other.”
   The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress.


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