Special to the Reporter

Dozens of residents converged at the gazebo on the Somervell County Courthouse square last Thursday at noon for the National Day of Prayer. The Glen Rose prayer session was sponsored by the Somervell County Ministerial Fellowship. Those attending prayed for the nation and our community.

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the nation should set apart a day for national prayer to confess its sins and transgressions in sorrow, “yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon…announced in the Holy scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

“We have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our own hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own,” Lincoln wrote. “We have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us! It behooves us, then, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”