Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer, so if some of your co-workers arrive a bit late this morning, you might want to cut them some slack.

In Grayson County, there will be an assembly held in the West Courtroom at the Grayson County Courthouse on Houston Street in Sherman. A National Day of Prayer service is scheduled in Denison at noon at the Waterloo Lake Pavilion.

Both services are open to the public.

A news release on the said that a Continental Congress proclamation in 1775 shows that setting aside a national day to pray is even older than our nation. Further it says that in 1952, Congress set aside a day for prayer and in 1988, President Ronald Reagan officially made the first Thursday of May the National Day of Prayer.

The theme for this year’s events, the website shows, is UNITY. It is based upon Ephesians 4:3, “which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, ‘Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,’” the release says. “The National Day of Prayer is positioned to pray for our nation to experience unity.”

The site says that there will be more than 35,000 prayer gatherings today by around 40,000 volunteers across the country.

National Day of Prayer President Ronnie Floyd will give the keynote address at the National Day of Prayer Observance in Washington D.C. He is quoted on the website as saying, “Mobilizing unified public prayer for America may be the most important thing we can do right now. America is broken. Division is undeniable. Racial tension is alarming. Lawlessness abounds. Reconciliation appears impossible. The National Day of Prayer in America is needed now more than ever before in our nation’s history.”

Happy birthday Thursday to Paris Kelly and Abla Akibode, both of Sherman; Cheryl Hilliard of Bonham; Sharonda Jones of Denison; Chris Thomas of Fort Worth; and Jory Hunter of Richman.