National Day of Prayer
Today's the day.
If you're a praying kind of person, we've got a lot to pray for in America today. And let's not let this holiday belong exclusively to any one group, don't let James Dobson own this, but make it broadly for everyone who believes or thinks they might believe in the power of prayer. This year's theme is "America, Honor God," and, for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, they've offered the focus: 1 Samuel 2:30, "Those who honor me, I will honor."
A lot of churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques are having special events. To find out if any are going on in your neck of the woods, click here.
If you can't find anything you wish to attend, but do want to be involved in praying with others, there is a 24 Hour Prayer Conference Call, which will be led by religious leaders of many different faiths. The number to call is 1-605-990-0031 and the passcode is 29872#.
And, of course, praying alone, with family or friends, or as a part of your usual congregation is cool too.
If you're not a praying kind of person, there is an alternative:
a small band of nonbelievers will be embarking on an alternative observance.
They're calling it the National Day of Reason, and they're asking atheists, agnostics and free thinkers to demonstrate what they call "the supremacy of reason" by donating blood from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Now, the language they're using is obnoxious as can be, but so is a lot of what is being used for NDoP, so ... anyway, I think that donating blood is a great option for nonbelievers.