Grayson County gathered at the Grayson County Judicial Center to celebrate the 2016 National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5.
“Prayer does work,” said Grayson County Judge Executive Gary Logsdon, who opened the event, held annually on the first Thursday in May.
Logsdon, who nearly one year ago underwent a double lung transplant, said he attributes his health now to the support and prayers of his family and community.
“I’m here today because of you,” said Logsdon, who will have had his new lungs for one full year on May 15. “My wife brought me through, and your all’s prayers brought me through.”
Logsdon encouraged those in attendance at Thursday’s National Day of Prayer ceremony to “be proud” of their beliefs and be appreciative of the lives they have every day.
The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer ceremony was “Wake Up America,” and Reverend Chester Shartzer explained that the day serves as one of personal examination, in which individuals should be mindful of their own transgressions and seek to better themselves through faith and prayer.
“Prayer has so much power in it,” said Shartzer.
State Representative and Reverend Tim Moore echoed this sentiment.
“Our prayer has to start with a prayer of confession on our behalf,” said Moore, encouraging Christians to lead a prayer of both forgiveness and thanksgiving.
Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason also spoke during Thursday’s ceremony, sharing a story of his 14-year-old dog who is blind and occasionally bumps into things and becomes confused, but follows Thomason’s voice when he calls.
Thomason said that, when considering this, he wondered how often he listens for the voice of God when he bumps into things or becomes confused, and encouraged those in attendance to be mindful of the voice of God when searching for direction.
Among the local religious leaders who spoke during Thursday’s event was Father Steve Hohman, of St. Paul Catholic Church, who summed up why attendees gathered to celebrate National Day of Prayer: They wanted to, they could, and they must.
“It is the air that we breathe,” said Hohman of prayer.
In closing, Shartzer encouraged those in attendance to “prayerfully vote” in the upcoming Primary and General elections to ensure that their voices and beliefs are represented in government.
For more information about National Day of Prayer, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.