. In Jefferson County, west of Gardendale
. First settlers, the Crocker family, came in 1830. They sold it to people wanting to mine the area.
. Named after the capital of Wales around 1880
. Located on Five Mile Creek
. For years, it was the smallest incorporated town in AL – land area is 0.2 square miles
. Began as a coal mining town
. In 2003, the flood of Five Mile Creek destroyed a number of buildings in Cardiff
. In 2010, the population was only 55. It’s estimated to be less than 40 now.
I wasn’t able to find much information about Cardiff. It seems sad to me that the little town seems to be fading away. One account I read said that it is being overtaken by kudzu as more people move away.
Father, I’m not really sure how to pray for the town of Cardiff, AL. The verse that comes to mind is about how You are the One who establishes kings and removes kings. (I can’t recall the reference at the moment, nor can I remember enough of the verse to look it up.) You are, therefore, the One who raises up towns/cities and the One who removes them. You raised up Cardiff, AL for Your plans and purposes 133 years ago. It would seem to most people that Your plans for this town are coming to an end.
However, here we are, praying for this town today. Father, may Your manifest presence be felt among the remaining citizens of Cardiff today. We put the name of Jehovah Jireh on them, and ask that You would supply all their needs according to Your riches in glory. Surround them with songs of deliverance. Be the shield about them and the lifter of their heads (Psalm 3:3).
The verse that just popped into my head is Isaiah 62:12. “And they will call them, ‘The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD’; And you will be called, ‘Sought out, a city not forsaken.'” So, Father, we ask that You would reverse what seems to be the inevitable decline of this town. Make this a place once again that is sought out. Do not let Cardiff become forsaken. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been praying for towns and cities that came back from near destruction, and those who changed what they’re known for in order to draw new people in. We pray that You would do the same for Cardiff. Change what Cardiff is known for, which is a dying mining town. Let it be known for the beauty of Your Creation there. Let it be known for the kindness of its citizens. Bring this town back to a place of growth and prosperity. Not for any reason except for Your glory and Your name’s sake. May everyone who sees the town’s revival know that it was by Your hand alone. Amen.
If you are from Cardiff, or near there, I would love to hear first-hand about the town. In the meantime, I hope the rest of you will join me in praying for Cardiff. Leave your prayer or a verse in the comments below.