A Prayerful Nation: Dozens gather to beseech God to guide and protect the country

Liberty County residents gather to pray for the nation on Thursday, May 4, at the Liberty County Courthouse.

The National Day of Prayer is a significant day in the United States, observed on the first Thursday in May every year. In Liberty County, two events are held to recognize a day when Americans of all faiths come together to seek divine guidance from God in various areas, including the communities, families, teachers and school staff, the economy, health, national security and military, law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, churches and city, county, state and federal government leaders.

The Cleveland event was led by Rev. James Holt of Cornerstone Church in Cleveland and Rev. Lance Blackwell, City of Cleveland Chaplain, and held at the Cleveland Civic Center. Pastors from several local churches, along with Cleveland ISD Superintendent Stephen McCanless, Tarkington ISD Superintendent Elna Davis, Cleveland City Manager Scott Swigert and Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard took turns at the podium to lead prayers.

The 28th Annual Liberty County National Day of Prayer event in Liberty was held at the Liberty County Courthouse and led by Rev. Tony Hines, pastor of Hardin Baptist Church. The event included prayers from Rev. David Williams (Trinity River Baptist Association), Rev. George Finney (New Life Church), and others, and performances by Liberty High School Choir under the direction of Christie Bean, choral director. Karla Burriss also sang “God Bless the USA.”

Heads bowed in prayer for the Liberty National Day of Prayer event on Thursday, May 4.

Will Carter, representing U.S. Rep. Babin, read a proclamation, as did Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader, who read the proclamation on behalf of the county as County Judge Jay Knight was unable to attend. Liberty County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Wes Hinch led the pledge to the United States.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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