Many Hardin County religious leaders, elected officials, law enforcement officers, and members of the community gathered together to honor the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4.
The crowd met at the flagpole at the Hardin County Courthouse and they were led in prayer by pastors from area churches.
The pastors delivering prayers included Rusty Mott, Pastor at Cornerstone church in Kountze, Lead Pastor Chad West at Gateway Church in Kountze, Senior Pastor Bill Coffey at Pinecrest Baptist Church in Kountze, and Pastor Nathan Keating from Parkway Life Church.
County Judge Wayne McDaniel welcomed the group and said that this was the second hear for hosting the National Day of Prayer at the courthouse. He repeated something that someone else had said to him regarding the day of prayer, “How nice it was that we live in a county and a country that we can gather like this and pray together without any fear from repercussions from the government.”
Lanie Brown from Congressman Brian Babin’s office was in attendance and shared a prayer written by Babin.
After the prayers, everyone was encouraged to gather in small groups to continue praying.
According to the National Day of Prayer Task Force, “The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.”