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‘We need rain and our country needs prayer’

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Under a gray but dry sky Sunday, about 50 members of local Baptist congregations gathered at Ridge Ferry Park to pray for rain and the moral compass of the nation.

“We need rain and our country needs prayer,” said the Rev. Dan Hyde of Floyd Springs Baptist Church.

Randy and Nita Hardin were among the crowd that first listened to prayers and blessings offered from the stage at the park, then broke into smaller groups to offer their own.

“The Lord tells us to humble ourselves and he will answer,” Randy Hardin said.

Mark Purdy is a rancher who’s been hauling water for his cattle from his creek, so he doesn’t drain his well. Purdy said he came for a reminder that “God is still in control” of both the precipitation and the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election.

“In the Old Testament, drought was often a judgment for turning away from God,” said Billy Carver, who was praying in a small group with Purdy. “We need a natural rain …and we need a spiritual rain to refresh us now.”

The election was also on the mind of the Rev. Max Tucker of Community Chapel Baptist Church, who said the lack of rain coincides with the low caliber of national leaders. His prayers, he said, were for “the right leader” to come with the rain.

“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised” if both happened Tuesday, he said, adding that God tells his followers to pray as if they’re expecting their prayers to be answered.