Thursday, May 3 is recognized around the country as a National Day of Prayer. I was contacted by Pastor Linda Spaun at Hydesburg United Methodist Church that her church will be open Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. for anyone who wants to stop in pray. Church members will be on hand. The church address is 53349 Hydesburg Road, Hannibal. There are probably others who are having observances of one sort of other, but Linda is the only one who contacted me.

The website,, says this about prayer:

"Prayer has always been used in this country for guidance, protection and strength-even before we were a nation or a handful of colonies. The Pilgrims at Plymouth relied on prayer during their first and darkest winter. Our founding fathers also called for prayer during the Constitutional Congress. In their eyes, our recently created nation and freedoms were a direct gift from God. And being a gift from God, there was only one way to insure protection-through prayer."

Of course, a day of prayer is like a day of thanksgiving, or a day to honor mothers or fathers or veterans. It's something we should be doing every day.