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Williston marks National Day of Prayer

By Carolyn Risner

Prayer is a two-way street between God and man and if you do all the talking, you may be missing out on what God is saying to you.

That was the introduction last week by Judge Joseph Smith, as he delivered opening remarks to about 50 people gathered at Heritage Park to mark the National Day of Prayer.

Smith told the assembly that when he gave his life to Christ more than three decades ago, he knew, “I can’t sing–or at least well. I can’t play an organ or piano.”

But God spoke to him, saying, “Joe, I gave you a mouth. You can talk for me.”

And with that Smith told the gathering, “God uses people like you and me to advance His kingdom.”

Citing Jeremiah 33:3, Smith said the nation is in a time of need and people should approach the throne boldly and then listen for God’s counsel.

Before the next 10 people offered prayers on behalf of a nation, state, city and their leaders, Smith said as people pray for blessings, wisdom, guidance and healing, they should be prepared to listen.

“We must be bold in our witness and our faith,” Smith said. “Our hope is in God and His hope is in us.”

Master of Ceremonies was Mayor Gerald Hethcoat who other participants David Paul, Wes Smith, Troy Turner, James Ashbury, David Matheny, Keith Stewart, Eric Brooks, Keith Langford, Tony Clubb, Mike Johnson and Willie Battles.

Barbara Henson led the congegation in two songs “Be Still, My Soul” and “America the Beautiful.”