Gov. Abbott asks Texans of all faiths to pray for Harvey victims

Gov. Abbott prays at Hyde Park Baptist Church during a Day of Prayer for Hurricane Harvey victims on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (KXAN Photo: Kyle Kovilaritch)
Gov. Abbott prays at Hyde Park Baptist Church during a Day of Prayer for Hurricane Harvey victims on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (KXAN Photo: Kyle Kovilaritch)

AUSTIN, (KXAN) – Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation naming Sunday, Sept. 3, a Day of Prayer in Texas for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

This morning, he attended the 11 a.m. service at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin and asked all Texans, regardless of beliefs or background, to take time and pray for those impacted and for the recovery efforts.

Gov. Abbott prays at Hyde Park Baptist Church during a Day of Prayer for Hurricane Harvey victims on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (KXAN Photo: Kyle Kovilaritch)
Gov. Abbott prays at Hyde Park Baptist Church during a Day of Prayer for Hurricane Harvey victims on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (KXAN Photo: Kyle Kovilaritch)

And while he was there, he prayed himself.

“Dear heavenly father, we come here to you today with aching hearts, searching for healing and hope that only you can provide,” Abbott said during the service. “We know that you are God. You are our refuge and our strength.”

Abbott went on to say there is no storm as tough as the people of Texas.

The governor said he hoped that the Day of Prayer would bring people together.

“Throughout our history, Texans have been strengthened and lifted through prayer, and it is fitting that Texans join together in prayer in this time of crisis,” he said. “Throughout this disaster, we have seen the power of Texans helping Texans, and I am hopeful this proclamation will bring people together once more. We have remained strong throughout this ordeal, and this Day of Prayer will make us even stronger together.”

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