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Residents hold 12-hour vigil at city hall for National Day of Prayer

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/5/5 21:42:44 (1526 reads)

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Participants in the National Day of Prayer prayed in front of Lewisville City Hall Thursday. Left to right: Gail Robison, Deniese Sheppard, and Peggy Boyd (Photo by Steve Southwell)

By STEVE SOUTHWELL

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, someone will be at the flag poles in front of Lewisville City Hall, praying for our city.

Deniese Sheppard took the day off from work to be at City Hall at 6 a.m. as part of the National Day of Prayer. An annual observance begun in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed by President Harry Truman, continues in Lewisville.

Sheppard is no stranger to prayer vigils, having co-organized the Vigil Against Violence for the past two years with The Lewisville Texan Journal.

A recent graduate of the Lewisville Citizens' University, Sheppard credits that experience with her desire to take prayer once again to the steps of city hall, and direct her prayer efforts towards a positive direction for the city and its leaders.

"If we use prayer in the right way, we could see major things happen," said Sheppard. "I have no doubt that things are changing here due to prayer," she added.

Other community and religious leaders had stopped by at various points throughout the day, and Sheppard said she expected more after 5 p.m. According to Sheppard, participants from The Servant House, and Lewisville Bible Church had also been by.

Gail Robison, from Northview Baptist was there in a shady spot by the well house praying with Sheppard mid-afternoon when we showed up. Perhaps God is smiling, because you couldn't ask for a prettier day. "I just like being out," said Sheppard.

The group welcomes any and all to come by and pray with them. They will be there until 6 p.m.

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