Community prays for nation, families (video)
Leah Hurt, 11, thought she might get bored when her mom took her to the National Day of Prayer on Thursday in Victoria.
But when the Trinity Episcopal School choir started singing and then preachers started praying for her and other kids, Leah decided it was actually a lot of fun.
So she and her little sister, Bekah, 9, faithfully bowed their heads and listened closely to the six prayers - one each for government, community, world peace, the Christian church, education and families.
Kristi Hurt, the girls' mother, said it was the family's first time to attend the national prayer day because the girls are being home schooled for the first time.
"I think we have a lot of things we can talk about now, in a good way. We can talk about how to pray for our community, how to pray for our nation," Hurt said.
She said she was moved by the prayer for families, saying society needs to be concerned about teaching children and giving them the tools needed for their future.
The sanctuary was filled with about 60 people from all different denominations, including Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist and non-denominational.
"While we have different nuances as far as our extraneous doctrines, we are still unified in the blood and sacrifice of Christ. ... That is what we all preach, and as long as we can unify on that, we are all good," said Nick Stewart of Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church and the master of ceremonies.
Ruth Winkler, a Victoria resident, said she has come to the Victoria event for several years, and she only misses it if she is ill.
"We were praying all over the United States - the whole country was praying. That is what is so important to me. That is awesome, and the rain did not keep us from coming. Nothing is going to keep us from doing this," Winkler said.
Originally scheduled to take place at De Leon Plaza, Raymond Smith of Strong Families of Victoria, the sponsor of the area prayer event, moved the event to the First Baptist Church because of rain.
"We cannot complain about praying for rain and then being forced to move because of the rain," joked First Baptist Church Pastor Jim Shamburger.