Prayer for those affected by natural disasters
“Across the nation these past several weeks, we have seen a number of natural disasters (tornadoes in North Carolina, Indiana, Florida, etc.; fires in Texas, California, Oklahoma, etc.; intense storms and floods in Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, etc.). We want to ask everyone to continue to pray for all of those impacted by these disasters and also wanted to share a proclamation issued today by the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry. Because of the overwhelming fires in Texas, he’s calling for a weekend of prayer for rain beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24.
We are including a copy of the proclamation below, as well as the text under that. If you are in Texas, please consider taking this proclamation to your house of worship this weekend and asking your pastor and congregation to join in prayer. If you’re not in Texas, please join your fellow citizens across the country in praying for these disasters.
Governor of the State of Texas
To all to whom these presents shall come:
Whereas, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s; and
Whereas, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has cause an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and
Whereas, these dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle under intense stress, imposing a tremendous financial and emotional toll on our land and our people; and
Whereas, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;
Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution of Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on those days for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life in Texas.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 20th day of April, 2011.
Governor of Texas
Esperanza “Hope” Andrade
Secretary of State
Thanks for joining us in prayer! Blessings!
Please keep our fellow Americans, neighbors, family members and friends in your prayers this holiday. Let us pray for rain in Texas. Amen.