NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. Throughout the day, people of all denominations, all over the nation, reflected on the power of prayer.
Attendance was sparse at a prayer service in Nacogdoches. Even so, the small group remained faithful to the day's purpose.
"This nation will be blanketed in prayer that will break up some strong holds," said Nacogdoches Day of Prayer coordinator Pastor Kelvin Wade during Thursday's event.
Although Wade has preached to hundreds, his enthusiasm is the same when less than 20 are in the pews.
"If we can have one person come to the Lord through this event or come to draw themselves up to the Lord through this event it was worth it," Wade said.
At the event, a presidential proclamation was read. It asked followers to "pray for America," which is this year's National Day of Prayer theme.
"We have a president and we have elected officials and I just feel like it's our responsibility to pray for them, to lift them up," Darlene Woodard, a participant at the event, said.
As expected, three recent tragedies were mentioned in the National Day of Prayer Proclamation; the Connecticut shootings, the Boston bombings and the West, Texas explosion.
Songs and sermons lifted spirits. Sharon Rulfs Kerr captured the event on her point and shoot camera. She does it every year, stopping long enough to pray.
"Prayer changes things, so that's why the National Day of Prayer means a lot to me," Kerr said.
Lufkin leaders and community members also gathered Thursday at noon today to observe the National Day of Prayer.
The service got off to an emotional star when Lufkin City Manager Paul Parker fought back tears as he testified to how prayer has played a pivotal role in his life these last few months while he fought to regain his health. Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown says there is a significance in taking the time to pause every once in a while and just pray.
"The unity of prayer is very positive and when people of all walks of life get together and just share their ideas and share their faith it just makes us all stronger," Brown said.
Community leaders said prayers for the United States government, to the military, medical, education, law enforcement, and family.