Dozens of people gathered on the lawn Thursday in front of the Hardin County Gov­ern­ment Building in Eliza­bethtown to participate in the National Day of Prayer.

Under sunshine with a gentle breeze, the group spent one hour in prayer.

“There are 8,760 hours in a year. One day a year, we give up one of those hours to pray across the nation, and I believe God is listening,” said the Rev. Tom Bissig, who is a Hardin County National Day of Prayer coordinator along with his wife, Diana. “Kentucky has 120 counties, that’s a lot of praying going on today.”

The scripture theme this year for the National Day of Prayer, which is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, was “Lord pour out your love, life and liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Bissig said at Hardin County’s event they had roughly 20 pastors from various denominations in attendance to pray.

“It’s God’s work and we’re God’s people and we just want everybody to be together in unity and prayer. It’s not about churches and denominations, it’s about God’s people,” he said.

Bissig said the nation needs help and “we as the people of this nation know to turn to God.”

“There is no better way to do that than to pray,” he said.

According to the National Day of Prayer website, the observance was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

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