Tiffany Sawyer, SHC administrator, opened the program and welcomed guests.
Jerome Boone, professor of Old Testament history at Lee University, read the theme Scripture, Psalm 91, and offered the opening prayer. Pastor Eric Washburn led the song, “Amazing Grace.”
Mary Walkins was on program to pray for the nation and government leaders, “that we may lead a peaceable life.” It was followed by a prayer for all military branches, the police, first responders, fire and rescue works, EMTs and community personnel by Cleveland Police Department Officer Evie West. She based her prayer on Romans 13, as she asked for wisdom and protection for those who serve.
Reba Terry, director of The Caring Place, prayed for the nation’s agencies from local community to federal levels. Her prayer of compassion began with thanks for the community.
Prayer for the nation’s clinical caregivers (nurses, doctors, physicians’ assistants and so forth) — “for those who touch anyone” — was offered by Brian Mowery, staff development at Signature.
Tiffany Vaughan from Signature HealthCare prayed for the nation’s economy, job roles and families. She quoted 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV): “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” She said prayer should be with faith, hope and love.
Prayer for the elderly in the nation was given by Pam Sweden, beautician. Pastor Henry Smith continued with prayer for the youth, referring to the Scripture 1 John 5:14: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
Hannah Moore concluded the continuing prayers with “Prayer for us.” She said, “Prayer today is for the Christian in this world to respond in a godly way.”
Chaplain Caffrey gave a quote from the 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln: “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God ...” He said all are praying together everywhere — sharing with each other. He told about in a recent prayer meeting with five or six workers held by a CNA at Signature, how a request was made concerning an unborn child which had been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. Two days later, more tests were done and doctors were amazed that “the baby is absolutely fine,” although “we don’t know what happened.” Caffrey said, “It was a miracle in two days.”
He also gave praise to God for the outcome of the accident concerning the gas main recently. He said he knew a spark could have destroyed the whole place. One of the workers, “Chaplain, pray.” The actions of the community and emergency crews kept everything safe. He mentioned also trees falling, but none on the building.
In his closing prayer, he thanked God for the opportunity to observe the National Day of Prayer at Signature HealthCare.