By Daniel Brunty The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Town of Ackerman recently held their annual National Day of prayer program on May 3 at the Choctaw County Courthouse at noon. President Harry Truman signed the National Day of Prayer into law as being an annual observance on April 17, 1952. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan designated the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer. This day enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The opening of the program came from Rev. Roger Griffith, who gave a brief welcome regarding the importance of this day and the controversy it has caused across the country. He then led the audience in an opening prayer. After the prayer, Kelli Aurelli sang the National Anthem beautifully before Rev. Jerry Lawson led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Next, Joel Coleman gave a brief speech on why we pray. Coleman mentioned not only the importance of prayer on this significant day, but also the importance of prayer everyday in our lives. The program then switched to specific prayers for different genres that make up our country. A prayer for our government was led by Rev. Alex Coblentz, followed by a prayer for our military led by Rev. Jim Ballard. Terry Bellew led the prayer for our education, and Rev. Roy Hawkins led a prayer for our families. A prayer for our businesses followed led by Marty Crowder. Pastor Mandie Jeffries led the last prayer, which was for our media. Rev. Danny Irvin led the benediction and thanked all the audience for attending. The program was concluded with a closing prayer, led the Rev. Irvin.