The President of the United States has signed into law today the designation of the first Thursday of May as National Day of Prayer.
“Let us remember those who came before us, and let us each give thanks for the courage and compassion shown by so many in this country and around the world.
On this day of unity and prayer, let us also honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. We celebrate their commitment to uphold our highest ideals, and we recognize that it is because of them that we continue to live in a Nation where people of all faiths can worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience.
Let us also use this day to come together in a moment of peace and goodwill. Our world grows smaller by the day, and our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife; and to lift up those who have fallen on hard times.”
Boy, it sounds like we could have instead called it many other things other than Prayer.
Maybe National Day of Gratitude? National Day of Freedom Recognition? Heck, even National Day of Reflection would have been better.
“I call upon Americans to pray in more thanksgiving for our freedoms and blessings and to ask for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection for this land that we love.”
No, thanks. I would rather choose to do something more productive on that day. Anything that might actually yield real results, like spraying my house for bugs.