Today, the first Thursday in May, Christians across the United States are called to a National Day of Prayer. The origins of this day trace back to 1952 when it was signed into law by President Harry Truman. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
This day reminds us of the importance of praying for our fellow citizens, our national, state and local community leaders and to seek God’s wisdom when faced with difficult decisions. The theme of the 2019 National Day of Prayer is based on John 13:34, when Jesus says to his disciples, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
“Love One Another” is also the Christian Culture Initiative at Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS). As a faith-based organization, PHS emerged from the ministry of the Church and was founded in 1955 by faith leaders engaged in spiritual discernment and prayer. This heritage drives our mission, “To honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults.”
The commitment to “Love One Another” unfolds at PHS in expectation and encouragement for us to:
- Greet one another (Romans 16:16)
- Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
- Be patient, bearing with one another (Ephesians 4:2)
- Encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13)
- Honor one another (Romans 12:10)
- Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:31)
Jesus said that our love for one another would testify that we are his disciples. PHS employee teams gather at every site, every day, every shift for StandUP. At this brief team huddle, we are reminded to love one another and those we serve as we reflect on how our daily work fulfills the PHS mission, vision and values. We clear our hearts and minds for the day and, above all, pray together. Then we return to the work at hand with a blessing on our day.
Today we are encouraged that people all across the nation are praying together and we join them today and every day in fellowship and encouragement that we all “love one another.”