National Day of Prayer

President Trump issued a proclamation that Sunday, September 3, shall be a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent Rescue, Relief and Recovery effort.

Let us join together in prayer for our friends and fellow Americans who have lost their homes, belongings and, in some cases, their lives.

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION:

Hurricane Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas, on the evening of August 25, 2017. The storm has since devastated communities in both Texas and Louisiana, claiming many lives, inflicting countless injuries, destroying or damaging tens of thousands of homes, and causing billions of dollars in damage. The entire Nation grieves with Texas and Louisiana. We are deeply grateful for those performing acts of service, and we pray for healing and comfort for those in need.

Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen — friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, and stranger helping stranger — and we vow to do so in response to Hurricane Harvey. From the beginning of our Nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance.

This tradition dates to June 12, 1775, when the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of prayer following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and April 30, 1789, when President George Washington, during the Nation’s first Presidential inauguration, asked Americans to pray for God’s protection and favor.

When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women. Brave first responders have rescued those stranded in drowning cars and rising water. Families have given food and shelter to those in need. Houses of worship have organized efforts to clean up communities and repair damaged homes. Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal — to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses. As Americans, we know that no challenge is too great for us to overcome.

As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much-needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Melania and I are grateful to everyone devoting time, effort, and resources to the ongoing response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts. We give thanks for the generosity and goodness of all those who have responded to the needs of their fellow Americans.

I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other property, and our first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and medical professionals leading the response and recovery efforts.

Each of us, in our own way, may call upon our God for strength and comfort during this difficult time. I call on all Americans and houses of worship throughout the Nation to join in one voice of prayer, as we seek to uplift one another and assist those suffering from the consequences of this terrible storm.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

~ DONALD J. TRUMP

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25 Responses to National Day of Prayer

  1. Lucille says:

    Our Father,
    We come to You on this day of national prayer
    Beseeching You on behalf of all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
    May they be comforted with the knowledge that You are present
    In the hearts, souls and lives of those You have put in place to assist.
    Father, please give to all who are helping save lives and giving assistance
    A sense of Your purpose in allowing them to be of service at this time of great need.
    We pray for the grieving, for the injured, for the fearful, for the sick, for the homeless.
    Provide them with Your supernatural peace. Give them courage and determination.
    We ask for Your healing hand on wounded spirits and sorrowing minds.
    We plead that You make the path to recovery smooth and seamless.
    May our nation come together, leave hate behind, and look toward a future of
    Recommitment to Your command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
    We ask these things in the holy name of Jesus,
    Amen…May it be so!

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  2. Menagerie says:

    Thank you Stella.

    Liked by 7 people

  3. Our Father in heaven, hallowed is thy name. Dear Lord, thank you for all the brave volunteers, military, guardsmen, and everyday heroes that have helped and are continuing to help rescue my fellow Texans from the flood waters. Please give them rest from their weariness and endurance to continue when they need it. We thank you, Father, for sending President Trump, First Lady Melania, Vice President Pence, and Second Lady Karen, to Texas and Louisiana to show their love and support for those who’ve lost so much and to those who’ve worked day and night saving your precious children. Please bless them Dear Lord. Please give them great wisdom to lead our nation and protect its citizens throughout their time in office. Dear Lord, please let the spirit of the people of Texas, show the world how good your people are and that in their most trying hours, they do not give up, and their faith in You never waivers. Please comfort those who’ve lost loved ones during the storm and it’s aftermath. Please give them peace that their loved ones are safe at home with you in Heaven. In this, I humbly pray, Amen.

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  4. G-d&Country says:

    Amen, Ame, Amen. Thank you all for these beautiful, heartfelt, posts. I was going to use this painting in today’s general thread, but it is more appropriate here:
    Arnold Friberg’s famous painting, “The Prayer at Valley Forge,” poignantly expresses the spirit of our country’s most famous Virginian, George Washington. (from Virginia DAR)

    Today the televised EWTN Mass Homily referenced, and read from, President Trump’s Proclamation, and referenced calls to prayer in 1775, and 1789. 🙂

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  5. joshua says:

    Lord, help us to do our job you gave to us as our dominion over the animals. Let us all support or join the rescue of animals in this flood and disaster. May those lost and loved special pets find food, water, warmth, and caring human protection and love as they are helped to rejoin their worried human family. Bless and protect those that go into unsafe areas and put themselves at risk to do this sacred duty you gave us all when you gave us the gift of your holy spirit to live in our souls for the greater Glory of Your Kingdom on Earth.
    In Jesus name we pray this prayer.
    Amen

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  6. lovely says:

    Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God…

    Thank you Dear God for the men and women who respond with stillness of heart and action of body.

    Thank you for the receding waters.

    Thank you for President Trump for his passion, his love of America and his bottomless energy.

    Thank you for numbering the hairs on our heads and for the grace, peace and salvation offered to those who died, who were trapped, who were terrified and alone.

    Thank you for answered prayers.

    Thank you for joyful reunions here on earth and there in heaven.

    Thank you for comforting the distraught.

    Thank you for small miracles,

    Thank you for large miracles,

    Thank you for our souls.

    Thank you for high ground.

    Thank you for the selfless men and women in uniform whose love for their fellow man and country both exhilarates them and exhausts them, yet always propels them.

    Thank you for those who have accepted the challenge to be your hands.

    “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”__ Teresa of Ávila

    Thank you for St. Teresa of Ávila.

    Thank you that you that you have not left us with only your echo but that You remain, always.

    And thank you for Melania’s stilettos and further revealing the enemies of America and their skewed immoral priorities.

    Amen

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  7. Menagerie says:

    The National Day of Prayer was a part of our prayers at mass today. Next week our bishop has ordered a special collection at all parishes for victims of Harvey.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Lburg says:

    “Fading light dims the sight,
    And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
    From afar drawing nigh — Falls the night.

    Day is done, gone the sun,
    From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
    All is well, safely rest, God is nigh,

    Then good night, peaceful night,
    Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
    God is near, do not fear — Friend, good night.”

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