The National Day of Prayer is a time that people of all faiths can come together, and they will do so again this year in Cumberland and all across America.
On May 1, the local observance will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Downtown Center in Cumberland. The prayer rally will be at 7 p.m. the same day at Central Assembly of God Church, 2020 Bedford St., Cumberland.
The National Day of Prayer breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. May 2 in the Cumberland Holiday Inn. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 301-697-6777 or 301-722-7828.
The speaker will be Linda Barrick,a Virginia resident who was severely injured in an automobile accident in 2006 and relied on her faith to sustain her.
A variety of music will be presented at the May 1 events, and the Mountainside Marines and Chapter 172 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will assist.
A law designating the National Day of Prayer as an annual observance to be held on the first Thursday of May was passed by Congress in 1952.
The event serves as a reminder of something the Founding Fathers considered so important they included it in the First Amendment to the Constitution — freedom of religion.
Although it has at times been a source of contention, this freedom has served us well throughout our history. Not everyone on this planet is as fortunate in this respect as we are.