People gather on Nation Day of Prayer
MARION, Ill. - In the wake of tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion in West, Texas, people are searching for comfort, and that made Thursday's National Day of Prayer all the more meaningful.
All across our nation, people of all religions and denominations gathered in prayer at churches, town squares and schools.
The prayers took a common thread on Thursday: there were prayers for our officials in Washington, Springfield and our local communities.
Self-proclaimed evangelist Wade Umderhile does not like the path that America is going down.
"When we see the country headed in the wrong direction, we're concerned," said Underhile.
He says he sees the country he loves slipping away.
"We, as a country, need to stop fighting God and start praying and seeking God," said Underhile.
His prayers Thursday, like so many others who gathered, were for our leaders.
Nancy Carter says she prayed away cancer, and it is with that faith that she says she prays that our country be restored.
"Unfortunately, God has been taken out of our courthouses, our schools and throughout our nation," said Carter.
And on a day where an entire nation is bowing their heads...
"Where two or more are gathered in his name there He shall be also," said Pastor Bob Dickerson.
Dickerson says people are looking for answers.
"Well, we all are looking for someone to give us hope and peace that there is somebody in control that there is somebody who loves us," said Dickerson.
He says after tragedy people want to be comforted, and his hope is that this National Day of Prayer did just that.