Lifting up Long Beach at National Day of Prayer rally
Story & Photos By Toni Miles
This year marked the 71st National Day of Prayer. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by then-President Harry Truman, declared an annual National Day of Prayer, assigning the first Thursday in May each year as a day of reverence and offering up prayer and petitions across America.
The City of Long Beach was among thousands of cities and counties throughout the nation that took time out to observe National Day of Prayer on May 5, with the event taking place outdoors this year at the Harper McCaughan Town Green.
Long Beach’s National Day of Prayer rally got off to a slow start several years ago, says Brenda Rolison, Long Beach’s Coordinator for National Day of Prayer. However, after a hiatus due to COVID-19, she says this day of reverence has grown exponentially in the area, pointing to the turnout at the May 5 event, an answered prayer, according to Rolison.
“Nothing happens without prayer,” Rolison said. “Who do we go to for the Source? We have to go to the Source. Only He (the Lord) can answer those prayers.”
The times have changed since then, but not the nation’s needs, just one reason why about one hundred people gathered for this year’s event in Long Beach, attracting people and speakers from across state and denominational lines.
Pastor Dan Bearden is Pastor of Corner Stone Baptist Church in Pass Christian. He led the unified prayer for the legislative and judicial branches of our federal government.
“We serve the same God,” Pastor Bearden said. “It’s about reaching people for the Lord and being there when they need you.”
Captain Bob Wren, Associate Pastor at Bible Fellowship in Pass Christian, led the prayer for business and the workplace.
“I was trying to give an example of how we should be praying as believers for the business that we work with, whether it’s our own our not, and the people that we work with, whether they work for us, or we work for them. We have this responsibility to pray for one another,” Captain Wren said.
Captain Wren, who also serves as Mississippi’s State Pilot of Gulfport, knows how important a good plan and guiding light can be, whether it’s on the water or navigating our lives at home, in the community or the workplace.
“If we want to see things improve in the workplace and the businesses in which we work, it all starts right there,” Captain Wren said. “You start everyday as you’re driving up to your workplace. You’re praying for the people you are working with, because you love them. ”
A sentiment echoed by Rolison.
“Reach out. Be bold as never before in our faith. That’s our mantle, to be able to pass on Jesus Christ to people for eternity,” Rolison said.