A Proclamation by the President of the United
States of America:
Since our Nation's earliest days, prayer has given strength
and comfort to Americans of all faiths. Our Founding Fathers
relied on their faith to guide them as they built our democracy.
Today, we continue to be inspired by God's blessings, mercy,
and boundless love. As we observe this National Day of Prayer,
we humbly acknowledge our reliance on the Almighty, express
our gratitude for His blessings, and seek His guidance in
our daily lives.
Throughout our history, our Nation has turned
to prayer for strength and guidance in times of challenge
and uncertainty. The Continental Congress, meeting in 1775,
asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new Nation.
Throughout the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued
exhortations to prayer, calling upon the American people
to humble themselves before their Maker and to serve all
those in need. At the height of World War II, President
Franklin Roosevelt led our citizens in prayer over the radio,
asking for God to protect our sons in battle. Today, our
Nation prays for those who serve bravely in the United States
Armed Forces in difficult missions around the world, and
we pray for their families.
Across our country, Americans turn daily
to God in reverence. We ask Him to care for all those who
suffer or feel helpless, knowing that God sees their needs
and calls on us to meet them. As our first President wrote
in 1790, "May the father of all mercies scatter light
and not darkness in our paths . . ." As we face the
challenges of our times, God's purpose continues to guide
us, and we continue to trust in the goodness of His plans.
The Congress by Public Law 100-307, as amended,
has called on our citizens to reaffirm the role of prayer
in our society and to honor the freedom of religion by recognizing
annually a "National Day of Prayer."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President
of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May
5, 2005, as a National Day of Prayer. I ask the citizens
of our Nation to give thanks, each according to his or her
own faith, for the liberty and blessings we have received
and for God's continued guidance and protection. I also
urge all Americans to join in observing this day with appropriate
programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set
my hand this third day of May, in the year of our Lord two
thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States
of America the two hundred and twenty ninth.
GEORGE W. BUSH