Homeschooling families are rightly concerned about the direction our nation is headed. But what can we do to make in impact? Today on Home School Heartbeat, Michael Farris and his guest take us back to the basics—prayer.
It’s an honor for me to introduce as our guest this week Shirley Dobson. Shirley serves on the board of directors of Focus on the Family, she’s received the Full-time Homemaker of the Year Award from Eagle Forum in 1999, and she’s getting to be very well known in this nation as the National Day of Prayer Task Force Chairman. Shirley, welcome to the program.
Thank you, Mike, for this opportunity, and I want to thank you so much for all you’re doing for the homeschool movement. I have to tell you, homeschoolers are our favorite people! We have many groups coming up to Focus on the Family, and those kids are a cut above. And so my hat’s off to these wonderful people.
Shirley, I just want to talk about your role with the National Day of Prayer, which is on May 3rd of this year. Tell us about this program, the National Day of Prayer.
Well, national days of prayer have been part of our country’s history since the Continental Congress in 1775. But in 1952, by signing a joint resolution, the United States Congress and President Truman signed into law that we would have a national day of prayer once a year. But nobody ever knew when it was going to fall—it was just at the whim of the president. But a wonderful thing happened in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. He signed into law that we would have a national day of prayer on the first Thursday of May.
Shirley, thank you for your leadership on this, and we’ll be talking more this week about the National Day of Prayer.