“Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” as the saying goes.

A group of area ministers, however, are suggesting that something positive can be done about the continuing drought and danger of fire — praying for rain.

Thursday night’s brief shower did nothing to relieve drought conditions, so the six ministers will lead a prayer meeting for rain at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the north side of the Hunt County Courthouse.

“We’re concerned about the drought, and we want to call on all people of faith to come together, to humble ourselves before the Lord and ask for his mercy,” said Roger McCully, a minister who will serve as master of ceremonies.

Other participants include Rev. Terry Blankenship of First Baptist Church, Greenville; Rev. Johnny Hailes of Park Street Baptist Church; Rev. Jim Anderson of First Baptist Church, Caddo Mills; Superintendent Roy L. Price, Price Temple Church of God in Christ; and Rev. Michael Johnson, Peniel Church of the Nazarene.

McCully said the idea for the public meeting came to him while he was having Sunday lunch with a son-in-law.

“I don’t want to take too much credit for this event, but while my son-in-law was praying at the noon meal, he mentioned the need for rain, and it hit me that I haven’t prayed for rain as much as I should,” McCully recalled. “I know that people have been praying in their churches and Sunday school classes, but the thing I was impressed to do was to call us all together in one bunch and show our faith and trust in the Lord.

“We’re going to read some scripture at the meeting and word some prayers we feel people would pray in their own hearts,” McCully continued.

“My theology tells me that there are a lot of things that happen in this world — catastrophes like 9/11, Katrina and our drought — but that something happened 2,000 years ago that changed the course of history. In the cross we see suffering at its worst, but we see the love and mercy of God at His best. What happened on the cross positions God as someone who cares about us, and He shows us through the cross that what’s happening on this earth can be redemptive. We’re not trying to manipulate God, but to use this as an occasion to affirm our faith in Him and that He’s in charge.”

McCully said the ministers are not interested in a gathering of one particular denomination. “We’re interested in calling out all people of faith.”

Rev. Blankenship, in discussing Sunday’s event with a member of his congregation, smiled and commented that he’s bringing an umbrella.

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