Plano Celebrates National Day of Prayer

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PLANO -- With all the shootings, terror attacks, and just plain sad stories, let’s face it, it's nice to see folks coming together for something good.

“There are some things on the TV that you see and you can get discouraged,” Stan Keith, President and CEO at The Hope Center said.

That’s why war heroes, politicians, and hundreds of folks gathered at the Hope Center Thursday to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

“How encouraging is that, that we can get together, sing together, pray together, encourage one another, and be uplifting?  That’s what the hope of Christ is all about,” Keith added.

Congress put the annual day in action back in 1952,  and now people of all faiths are shining the focus on praying and meditating.

And when it comes to faith, age ain’t nothin but a number.

“I’m thankful that I’m in scouts,” according to 11-year-old scout Elijah Dunham.

“God!” 5-year-old Dylan said.

“I’m really thankful to just be able to come here and help out with the ceremony.  I’ve done this the past three years, and it’s been a lot of fun.   Representative Sam Johnson’s been here twice of the times that I’ve been here, and it’s just really cool to get to see people like that here,” scout Matthew Dula said.

“It’s really neat. I think the only other place we see this happen is church, so it’s just really cool to see people praying in a big group outside of church,” Dula added.

People like Purple Heart Recipient, Allen Clark.

“I lost my left leg. Immediately.  Traumatically.  I kept my right leg for 10 days. I’m a double leg amputee from the war,” Clark said.

Thankfully, he made it out alive, but that wasn’t the end of his journey.

“I was 25 three days later. I was sad, and I was mad and I was angry,” he explained.  “I was concerned about what I was going to do as a 4 foot 7 size person.  Psychiatry and pills for six years to get out of post traumatic stress.  But because of my faith and Jesus and when I was able to get my faith act together, I was able to get away from the psychiatrists and the pills."

When asked for advice for the tough times, “Never give up,” he said.

Talk about an uplifting story.

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