Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Day of Prayer

On April 29, President Barack Obama issued the following proclamation for National Day of Prayer, for May 5, which can be found online here.

Today, Tucson Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres read the City of Tucson Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer at the breakfast held this morning in the Old Pueblo.  The Vice Mayor spoke about the concerns of elected officials and delivered a prayer as well.  (The text of the City of Tucson Proclamation, as well as his remarks and prayer, follows.)

WHEREAS, prayer is a vital part of our heritage as one nation under God; and

WHEREAS, our forefathers turned to God in prayer as they fought for freedom; and

WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed Joint Resolution 382 on April 17, 1952, establishing an annual national day of prayer to join together as a nation acknowledging God in prayer each year; and

WHEREAS, President Truman signed into law, PL 324, the observance of an annual National Day of Prayer.  President Reagan permanently established the first Thursday of May to be the National Day of Prayer when he signed PL 100-307; and

WHEREAS, we are especially mindful of the heroic men and women serving in our Armed Forces, especially those service abroad; and

WHEREAS, the theme for this year is, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert E. Walkup, Mayor of the City of Tucson, Arizona, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2011, to be

National  Day  of  Prayer

In this community, and encourage all of our citizens to join in prayer for God’s blessings on our Nation, State and City.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Tucson to be affixed 5th day of May, 2011.

As a newly elected official, my concerns are:

Civility in discussion by our elected officials and consideration of their actions on issues.

Tolerance and consideration of all citizens in the community.

The willingness to work for the community and not a special interest.

Serving their mission and role to meet the needs of their constituents, answering their questions and addressing their concerns, and

The ability of having positive actions and decisions being discussed by the entire community.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for this opportunity to come together in unity and to pray for those who lead our government. May your wisdom shine through them and give them strength to lead with civility, integrity, compassion and honesty. These difficult times weigh heavily on the hearts of those who must daily make decisions that affect many lives.

People are suffering from economic losses, lack of jobs, homelessness, physical injuries and loss of loved ones from natural disasters.

May your strength support and guide our public officials to justly follow the path of righteousness to preserve and to comfort all who are caught in these tragedies.

We ask for your divine guidance for our public officials so that they may make decisions that alleviate suffering, restore hope, and renew

Give us the strength to come together in your name to help our public officials, to care for our neighbors and to truly love one another.

Please protect these public officials and keep them from all evil and harm so there work can be completed, to improve the quality of life for all.

Thank you, o Lord, for hearing our prayer and for giving us hope that-as in proverbs 11:3- the integrity of the upright shall guide them.

 In Jesus name, Amen.