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Things are crazy right now!  Gas is up to almost $4.00 a gallon, and is expected to continue to rise. The bottom has fallen out of the real estate market, and many of us are left to pick up the pieces, scrap and fight simply to survive.  The economy is awful and it is affecting our schools, cities, homes, and lives.  So what are we to do?  Where is our hope?

Thursday May 5th is the National Day of Prayer, and I don’t think it could come at a better time.  It has been extremely frustrating to watch this day be debated and fought about like it’s simply a small political issue, because it is not!  This is a day where millions of people across the nation will take time out of their day to pause, reflect, and ask God for a little help.  I am not sure it matters whether this day is observed officially or not, it is simply a day to pray. 

While researching information for this article I called many churches in Carlisle, Springboro, and Franklin, and most places do not have corporate gathering on this day.  Whether it be an oversight, or a political mess it doesn’t matter.  We need this day, and it is something that each and every one of us can do all by ourselves.  Take some time on the 5th to simply ask God to help out our families, our towns, our jobs, our nation, and our lives.

Some churches had tried to organize prayer walks which may not have worked out, still others didn’t even know when the day was and I am ok with that because it’s my job to raise awareness and spread the word.  It’s the job of every individual who believes in prayer to pray ever day, but this is something we can all do together.  Take time while your exercising or mowing the grass to simply talk to God, or take a walk through the heart of your town and pray for the places you see, or simply thank God for your food that day.  Prayer doesn’t have to be public, private, or even difficult; it is a conversation with God.  It doesn’t really matter if you know how to pray or even that feel worthy enough to pray, it’s just important that we all give it a try.

The Vineyard Community Church in Franklin will be hosting a community wide prayer service.  It is my understanding that it will be led by a facilitator who will simply ask you to pray by yourself for the community, then the nation, etc.  So if you need somewhere to go or simply want to check out how all of this works, then pay them a visit May 5th at noon.  It will not be a “bait and switch” God service and should be pretty low key.

  If you have to work or hate random strangers then that’s fine too!  All I ask is that we take a few minutes and thank God for all that He has given us, and ask for help in those areas where it is needed.  See, prayer is something we do that is greater than any political restrictions, policies, or ideals…its prayer, and it’s something we all need to do a little more often than we do currently.

-Joe Marinich

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