Ecumenical group marches peacefully, gathering to pray for our nation at the Bosque County Courthouse Square in Meridian Saturday
MERIDIAN – With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic drastically changing social interactions and challenging the existing social fabric, a large group of Bosque County Christians from a variety of churches came together to concentrate on what they feel is important – praying for relief from the present social tensions and polarization of public opinion.
The peaceful Christian marchers felt the necessity to pray for the nation, pray for tolerance and wisdom, pray for healing.
“These are difficult and confusing days for our nation,” the flyer stated urging believers to join the peaceful prayer march on Saturday, Sept. 26 around the Bosque County Courthouse Square. “Without God, we have no hope.”
Initiated by First Baptist Church of Meridian, the non-denominational march had different stops, where the group of over 100 believers of all ages from a variety of Christian churches across Bosque County prayed for the nation, for leaders, for the churches and for communities.
They prayed for order, peace and protection in one stop. They prayed for wisdom integrity and strength for leaders on the next. Salvation of the lost, respect for others and healing of tensions was another prayer focus.
A flyer offered prayer points and suggestions for silent prayer. It highlighted verses from the Bible. In offering an example for hope and reconciliation, Colossians 1:19-20 was suggested.
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through him to reconcile to himself all thing, whether on earth or in haven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
With September being First Responder Awareness Month, a prayer was suggested for protection of first responders as they serve their communities – John 15: 12-13.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one greater than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Each prayer point offered other scripture verses for further reading and contemplation.
The Bosque County prayer march coincided with the prayer march in Washington D.C. initiated by American Protestant evangelist and missionary Franklin Graham, son of the charismatic Rev. Billy Graham.
“I think our country is in trouble,” Graham said on Fox & Friends Weekend ahead of the march. “We're coming today to call upon the name of God, because I believe only God can fix the problems that we face in this nation today.”
The peaceful prayer march in Bosque County brought a congregation concerned Christians from different churches together in a profound way – creating allies in the search for tolerance, reconciliation and united in the hope for healing from violence and injustice and the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS
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