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A City Takes Time to Pray

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck

Under clear skies with a gentle breeze wafting through the city, residents of Williston came together last week to pray for their town, state, country, leaders–and themselves.

Attended by more than 50 people, Williston’s local participation in the National Day of Prayer drew ministers, housewives, law enforcement officers and elected officials–people who believe in the power of prayer.

Judge James T. “Tim” Browning was this year’s keynote speaker and declared that “every day should be a national day of prayer” inasmuch as every day should be Veterans Day.

Browning paid tribute to the First Amendment, which allows the people to gather in Heritage Park and preserves their  right to freedom of speech and religion while assuring their will never be a national religion that citizens are forced to heed.

“If your purpose is to find God and serve God,” Browning said, “you can do it on  your own.

“His will for your life–my life–is found in the Bible. He is there waiting.”

Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, the event’s organizer, thanked the judge and charged it was time “to get down to some serious praying.”

And indeed they did.

One after the other for the next 30 minutes, the city’s prayer warrior led participants in petitions to God, asking for His will and protection on government, its leaders, the church, the military, school and the family.