Voice of the people: Gwen Sisson
May 5, 2014 9:58:14 AM
I would like to thank the Starkville community for the wonderful turnout at this year’s Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer. I would like to thank our speakers: Mayor Parker Wiseman, Rev. Joseph Stone, Rev. Giles Lindley, Marvell Howard, Dr. Paul Miller, Dr. Paul Ruff, Michelle Lowe and Sen. Gary Jackson, for the incredible job they did sharing their personal perspectives on prayer. I would also like to thank Tom Jenkins who set the tone for the day’s event with his musical talents.
What a wonderful time we had this week. It was a wonderful opportunity to unite for a time of prayer for Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi and the United States. Communities throughout the nation also took time out of their busy schedules to pray together. It was a special way to unite the community and the nation, and I am very happy to be part of such a special event.
I would also like to thank Michelle Tehan of The Biscuit Shop, Lynette McDougald of University Florist, Jay Yates at The Veranda, Carolyn Abadie of the BookMart and Cafe, Vicki Leach of Miss Vicki’s Custom Cuisine, Arma Ruth DeLaCruz of Eat With Us Group, Katharine Hewlett of the Palmer Home for Children and Wendy Brewer of Starkville Flooring for their donations to the event. Thank y’all so much!
If you were unable to join us, you truly missed a special blessing. Please make plans to join us next year on the first Thursday in May for Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer.
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Dr. Paul Ruff will be one of the guest speakers at the 2014 Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer.
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.” Continue reading
Mayor Parker Wiseman, Rev. Joseph Stone, Sen. Gary Jackson, Michelle Lowe, Dr. Paul Miller and Dr. Paul Ruff will be among the speakers at this year’s National Day of Prayer observance in Starkville.
The event is set for noon May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited to attend this year’s event.
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 is 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.”