R 217
2018 -- H 8161
Enacted 05/03/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Hull, Diaz, Azzinaro, Edwards, and Vella-Wilkinson
Date Introduced: May 03, 2018

     WHEREAS, During times of strength and times of weakness, in moments of joy and
moments of despair, Americans of many different faiths and traditions have turned to prayer as a
means of seeking comfort, giving thanks, and asking for guidance and grace; and
     WHEREAS, Prayer brings communities together and can be a source of inspiration and
courage. In the aftermath of senseless acts of violence and unnecessary suffering and death, the
prayers of countless Americans signal to grieving families and communities that they are not
alone. Their pain is a shared pain, and their hope is a shared hope. Regardless of religion or creed,
Americans of faith reflect on the sacredness of life and express their sympathy for the wounded
and the recovering, offering comfort and holding up a light in a time of darkness; and
     WHEREAS, Today, Americans continue the tradition of our ancestors by acknowledging
the power of prayer in our lives and cherishing our right to pray freely; and
     WHEREAS, The tradition of national supplication was made official in 1952, when
President Harry Truman signed a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress establishing a floating
annual national day of prayer. Finally, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan set the date for the
annual prayer day as the first Thursday in May; and
     WHEREAS, The theme for this year's National Day of Prayer is "Pray for America-
Unity." Guided by the belief that prayer brings unity and that God can bring anyone and anything
together, including opposing persons and opposing political parties, Ephesians 4:3 was chosen as
this year's highlighted scripture with its challenge to unify by "Making every effort to keep unity
of the spirit through the bond of peace"; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims and recognizes May 3, 2018, as "National Day of
Prayer" in Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That all Rhode Islanders are encouraged to set aside a particular moment
on this day to participate in this meaningful spiritual event and to encourage their friends and
neighbors to observe this year's National Day of Prayer according to their own faith or practice.