The 50th annual National Day of Prayer will take place May 6. Millions will unite in prayer at thousands of events from coast to coast and around the world.

Dr. Franklin Graham will join Shirley Dobson to lead the nation in prayer as the 2010 honorary chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. ?The theme for this coming year is based on the verse from Nahum 1:7, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him."

In Washington, D.C., this annual event will be observed again in the Cannon Building all day. Citizens and government officials will be gathering in federal and county buildings, on capitol steps, at flagpoles and in city parks to pray. There will be observances in our nation's prisons. Freedom Teen Rallies are planned across the nation. Prayer Flights will once again be aiming to take intercession to the air, covering all 50 state capitals by plane.

In Seaside, a prayer breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. May 6 at Doogers Seafood & Grill, 505 Broadway. The cost is $5. Tickets should be purchased in advance at Doogers. There will also be a gathering at the Seaside City Hall flagpole for a few minutes of prayer at 12:15 p.m.

All religions have the practice of praying to their god. The first amendment to our constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Every community has the constitutional right to recognize and participate in the National Day of Prayer. This exercise of freedom has been won for us by the sacrifice of our founding fathers and many leaders and military personnel of our nation. Let us not neglect so great a freedom.

CARROLL VAN DYKE

Seaside

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