Voice of the people for May 1

April 30, 2014 

Voices united in prayer

“One voice united in prayer” is the theme for the 63rd National Day of Prayer today.

I am deeply grateful that our nation was founded on a strong belief in prayer. The men who established this nation relied on God and his word. George Washington called the nation’s first federal day of prayer.

David Barton writes, concerning Benjamin Franklin: “About five weeks into the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when they were attempting to draft the U.S. Constitution, their efforts were a signal failure. As things were beginning to break up and delegates return home to their states, Franklin challenged them, ‘I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of heaven and the blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.’” Barton continues: “After five weeks of failure, following the recess and time of prayer, they reconvened and in only 10 weeks produced the document that has become the longest ongoing constitution in the history of the world. Franklin definitely saw a difference after the recess and prayer.”

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that our nation should set apart a day for national prayer. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

One of the greatest promises in God’s word is full of hope: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Today thousands of people around the nation will be praying. Please join us as we humble our hearts, bow our heads and lift our voices to intercede for this great nation.

Lou Ardrey

Fort Mill

Who decides on paving?

At a recent event which I attended, Joe Cox, York county councilman for District 3, and W. B. Cook, chairman of the S.C. Department of Transportation Comission, were also in attendance. I spoke with Mr. Cox regarding the need for Ramah Church Road to be repaved.

The road is only 2.4 miles long, located between S.C. 5 and 55, and heavily traveled. Over the past years, numerous areas have been repaired many times, only to have problems reoccur within a few weeks. Mr. Cox left me and others listening to the conversation with the impression that he had no influence over road improvements and referred me to Mr. Cook.

However, after reading the article “County allocates road funds” in Monday’s Herald, it is evident that Mr. Cox does have input into which roads receive funding for improvements. I also spoke with Mr. Cook, and he stated that I needed to talk with my county councilman. Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the lack of concern shown by Mr. Cox for this area of his district.

With elections coming up, we need to support a candidate who recognizes the New Zion, Ramah, Beersheba and Smyrna communities equally with the other communities in District 3.

Katherine Jackson

Ramah

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