May 8, 2014 --
Amid dark clouds and drizzles of rain, a crowd of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Marines and civilian employees gathered to pray.
The National Day of Prayer, themed “one voice united in prayer,” was observed in front of Coffman Hall immediately following morning colors May 1.
“We are coming together today as one voice to give thanks and to pray,” Kent Morrison, executive director, MCLB Albany, said. “We can transform our nation, our community and our lives through prayer.”
Marcus White, victim advocate, MCLB Albany, led the group in prayer.
He expressed thanks to God for waking everyone and for having an opportunity as government workers to come together and focus on community and trust in God.
During his prayer, White referred to 2 Chronicles 7:14 while praying, “If my people would humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from our wicked ways, you promised you would hear us from heaven, and will forgive our sin and heal our land.
“I hope people walk away with a sense of unity, sharing of strength and those values which give us resiliency,” he added.
White reiterated the theme when he said, “Around the world we are united on this day as one voice to pray to You.”
Latreesa Perryman, school liaison officer, MCLB Albany, belted out, “To God Be The Glory,” in perfect melodic fashion, which gained explosive cheering and applause from the crowd.
After her performance, Lawrence Floyd, command security manager, Marine Corps Logistics Command, spoke to those in attendance.
Floyd suggested, everyone should include prayer in every area of their lives, and prayer should always be practiced with the correct intent.
He said he thinks prayer is an essential part of people’s day-to-day activities.
“There is no reason for us to walk around with all these yokes when we have a God who is willing to take all of this from us,” he said. “No matter how small or big your situations are, they are not too small nor are they too big that God cannot handle it.”
Col. Don Davis, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, co-signed the idea of going to God with all concerns.
People should pray to God concerning the small details, not just the major events in daily life, Davis said.
He gave an example of how often people may consider praying by quoting Charles Spurgeon, a British preacher during the nineteenth century, who said, “I rarely pray more than five minutes, but I rarely go more than five minutes without praying.”