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Toombs Observes National Day of Prayer
Thursday, 07 May 2009

May 7--  The 58th National Day of Prayer was held Thursday in communities large and small across the United States.


In Vidalia, the Rotary Club hosted a prayer breakfast, and at noon, the Toombs County Ministerial Association fed and prayed with about 60 people at the Ed Smith Recreation Complex.

"I think we need it because we don't have many priorities in this country and we don't have things that bind us together," said Reverend Larry Rollins, president of the ministerial association.  "We tend to serve ourselves and it hasn't gotten us very far.  I think a national day of prayer reminds us of what is important and where we need to focus as a nation, as a community and certainly, as churches," he said.

Reverend James Joyce prayed for those who may not agree with Christians and said, "I believe everybody has a right to live their lives and to serve the God they want to serve and yet be friendly in the community.  I believe there is only one supreme God, but there are people who don't believe that.  I'm not going to fight them, but I'm going to pray for them because we know we serve the real God."

Pastor Rollins agrees and says more interfaith dialogue is needed.  "To be tolerant is to say that we don't end up antagonistic, we simply stand for what we believe.  To be tolerant is to allow people to live as they want to live.  I can believe profoundly that Jesus Christ is the only way and I can still love Hindus and Muslims and anybody else, but I'm not going to back down from what I know to be true.  Then we can dialogue and we can share together.  That's the approach we need to take.  We don't talk enough, even among Christian denominations sometimes," he said.


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