Texas Governor Proclaims Day of Prayer
September 01, 2017
The governor’s proclamation states, in part:
WHEREAS, it is right and fitting that the people of Texas should join with their fellow residents and with others from across the country and around the world to seek God’s wisdom for ourselves and our leaders and ask for His merciful intervention and healing in this time of crisis;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 3, 2017, as a Day of Prayer in Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers on that day for the safety of our first responders, public safety officers, and military personnel, healing of individuals, rebuilding of communities and the restoration of the entire region struck by this disaster.
Prior to signing the proclamation, Abbott said:
“Throughout our history, Texans have been strengthened and lifted through prayer, and it is fitting that Texans join together in prayer in this time of crisis. Throughout this disaster, we have seen the power of Texans helping Texans, and I am hopeful this proclamation will bring people together once more. We have remained strong throughout this ordeal, and this Day of Prayer will make us even stronger together.”
Following the governor’s statement, the vice president spoke briefly about the Trump administration’s commitment to recovery efforts. He was followed by a prayer led by Second Lady Karen Pence.
The event was held at the heavily damaged First Baptist Church in Rockport, which suffered the brunt of Hurricane Harvey as it made landfall.