Thursday, May 7th, is the annual National Day of Prayer. Having participated in it as a school administrator, I can speak to the honor it was to be a guest of the people who expressed their appreciation and prayerful support for the work of all leaders. I see how prayer can be a great source of encouragement to everyone. I believe that prayer impacts not only the person prayed for, but the person who offers up the prayer. At this particular time, prayer can be a great source of comfort and inspiration. It can move us from perseverating on our personal concerns to thinking about the needs of others. It helps us put life in perspective. For many, the Safer At Home ordinance has forced us to reflect more deeply on the essentials. I speak not of what occupations are essential, but what in life is essential. I miss the hugs of my children and grandchildren. I miss shaking hands with friends and new acquaintances. I miss group gatherings for work, worship, and entertainment. On May 7th we will take a few minutes to “gather” remotely to pray for our leaders. People can participate by going to the Heart of the North Gospel Ministries Facebook page for the 12:15 prayer experience. We are thankful for the leaders who guide and inspire us. May we each recognize our roles as leaders to people we encounter. It is our opportunity to make this day and this community a little better.