All lives matter - Blue, Black, ALL

"Let us see diversity not as a threat, but as a gift from God"
More from the Laurens and Clinton prayer rallies, including a Spotlight photo page, will be in the July 20 Clinton Chronicle.

Joining hands and declaring that All Lives Matter, a prayer group in Laurens this morning lifted prayers for the men and women in Blue, and families suffering through tragedies.

Lt. Judy Stiles, of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, said she was led by God to call for the Wednesday morning prayer time. It was in response to nationwide protests, some violent, in the aftermath of 5 Dallas police officers being shot to death by armed services veteran (who was killed by police), and the shooting deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by officers acting in the line of duty. President Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke at a memorial service for the 5 fallen officers.

“Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.”

“Bring about Your peace among us.”

“Blessed are the Peacemakers.”

“Pray for our city government. Play for our county government. Pray for all officials.”

“Satan may have won this battle, but he will not win the war.”

“Breathe Your breath into us, and raise up a mighty army,” were among the prayers offered by event speakers on the steps of the historic courthouse in downtown Laurens.

Speakers included Rev. Bryant Cheek from Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor William Cole from Faith Baptist Church and Rev. Alice MacKeil from Laurens First United Methodist Church, Rev. Anthony Sims from Friendship Baptist Church in Ninety Six, Pastor Gwendolyn Kinard from Chosen Generation Ministries in Laurens, and Rev. Adair Rogers, First Baptist Church, Laurens.

A prayer vigil also was held in uptown Clinton Tuesday evening. At Presbyterian College, students, staff and friends gathered by the pond for a prayer service for a student who died Monday, Stevie Wilson.

Loretta Bailey sang the spiritual “Where Could I Go But to the Lord.” People in the crowd, many of whom held hands, sang with her.

She said, “I felt led by God to do it.”


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