Residents of many communities in Mississippi, Alabama and other states observed National Day of Prayer Thursday.
A group met at noon in downtown Meridian to offer prayers for our nation and its leaders, as well as each other.
Local organizer, Dorothy Lloyd, said she hopes people were encouraged and blessed.
"No matter where we are financially, no matter where we stand in the community, I wanted the Lord to bless people just where they were," said Lloyd. "We had people here from different denominations. According to one of our last prayers, the Lord made us one in the spirit today."
National Day of Prayer was created by a joint resolution of Congress in 1952. But the first Continental Congress in 1775 called for a national day of prayer, as did President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the U.S. Civil War.