Proclamation for the National Day of Prayer, May 2001
Whereas national days of prayer were called as early as 1773 with the First Continental Congress and Abraham Lincoln called for such a day in 1863. The National Day of Prayer was finally established by Joint Resolution of Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Truman. It was amended in 1988 and signed by President Reagan to be the first Thursday of May each year.
Whereas, we live in a time of great and historic changes in our country and in the world and each of seeks to chart our own course to find peace and happiness,
Whereas, our ancestors trusted in the faithfulness of God and frequently turned to Him in humble, heartfelt prayer during feasts, wars and famines. When they finally reached their shores, the early settlers gave thanks for their very lives and for the promise of freedom in a new land,
Whereas, the great American experiment in liberty and self-government has not only endured but prospered. The triumph of freedom in this country has inspired the advance of human rights and dignity around the globe.
May the National Day of Prayer be significant in our country’s desire to be the best we can be, inviting God’s blessings and presence, and may Santa Paula’s National Day of Prayer be the beginning of honoring God and restoring honor for each other in our workplaces, our schools, our neighborhoods and our homes.
Therefore, I, Donald L. Johnson, Mayor of the City of Santa Paula, California, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 3, 2001 as National Day of Prayer and invite all residents to the Community Breakfast sponsored by the Spirit of Santa Paula and to the Evening Prayer Program sponsored by the Ministerial Association of Santa Paula.