Growing up in the land of the free always reminds me of some freedoms that revolutionaries fought for over 200 years ago. Freedom of religion is one of them. Thursday is the National Day of Prayer which was designated by the United States Congress as a day when all Americans regardless of their faith are asked to come together and pray in their own way.
I was taught from a very young age that prayer is very powerful, it is a time for reflection, a time for contemplation and a time for forgiveness.
History of this day goes back to the days before our nation's birth. The Continental Congress issued a day of prayer in 1775 for prayer in forming a new nation.
On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law and 1972 the NDP Committee was formed and later became today’s Task Force. It was President Ronald Reagan who signed a bill into law making the first Thursday of May the official day.
Look in your heart and pray for whatever and whomever you feel compelled to pray for in this world of ours.
Mayor Snyder will be hosting a breakfast for our religious community in the morning to commemorate this National Day of Prayer and we will be praying for our city employees. There will also be a service in front of city hall at noon, hosted by our Portage Pastor’s Prayer Group commemorating the day and the public is welcome to come and pray together.
Thursday is also the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee’s Senior Health Fair chaired by Councilperson Sue Lynch. The health fair will take place at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, from 9 to noon. All seniors will be able to browse around for free information and free health screenings. A light luncheon will be served for seniors at noon. This is great opportunity for all our senior citizens.
Just in time for Mother’s Day Portage Parks Department is hosting a Jewelry, Gem and More Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Woodland Park. At least 45 vendors will be on hand to sell jewelry, gems, candy, make-up, designer handbags and honey. Chair massages, facials and body wraps will also be at the show for purchase. Bring your old gold and the likes for quick cash, as well. Don’t miss this great chance to get mom something different this year.
Lastly this Saturday, let’s help Chris Nicholson’s dream become a reality. Chris was very active in various volunteer activities in Portage and wanted to bring a Frisbee Golf Course to Portage before his untimely passing. His family and friends are hosting a Cinco De Mayo Benefit from 3 to 11 p.m. at American Legion Post 260, complete with tacos with beans and rice or hotdogs with chips for $10 for adults and $3 for kids, 5-12 years old.
There will be much entertainment with music from David Costa, Chad Burton and Staggerlee and a magician for the kids. Lots of raffles for sports memorabilia, Albert’s Gift Certificate, Cubs tickets and more. Come out and help make his dream come true.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.