Ruff will speak on the importance of praying for healthcare professionals and the state of healthcare in the community, the state and the nation. Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer will be at noon May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex.
“I feel that praying for healthcare workers is important because Christ loves when we pray for each other,” said Dr. Ruff. “Praying for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals helps people to feel as if they are contributing to the “care” of patients, and that’s a wonderful way to express love. As for me, prayer is important to me because I need an ongoing personal relationship with God to stay centered. Whenever I get resentful, bitter, jealous, or even just plain depressed, a prayer of gratitude can turn everything around and get me back to where I’m supposed to be – when I really want it to. God is always there for me, sometimes just waiting for me to acknowledge my need for Him.”
This year marks the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. The theme for 2014 is One Voice, United in Prayer, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. To further highlight the theme, Romans 15:6 serves as the scripture for this year: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For more information about the National Day of Prayer, go to http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org. For more about the Starkville observance, go to the Facebook page for Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer.