We are starting on the Rs for our cities, which means we are 5 letters away from being done with our list of cities. (There are no municipalities in the metro-Birmingham area that begin with the letters U, X, Y or Z.)
Thursday, May 1 was the National Day of Prayer, and for fifty years now, Birmingham has begun that day with what is now known as the Greater Birmingham Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast. There were about 40 mayors in attendance this year, and almost 700 people total. Dr. Harry Reeder, the pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, was the keynote speaker. I wanted to share with you a couple of quotes from his address.
“Prayer is not an intercom on a cruise ship. It is a walkie-talkie on a battlefield.”
“We must not deify prayer itself. Prayer does not change things. God changes things through praying people who pray rightly, according to the Bible led by the Holy Spirit.”
Let’s pray for Ragland. Ginny, our amazing researcher, said there was not much info to be found for this town. If you’re reading this and know anything about it, please let us know!
Located in St. Clair County
Mayor Lamar White
Incorporated in 1899
2010 population 1,639
- Originally a farming town known as Trout Creek
- Developed into a coal and mining town before the Civil War
- In 1882 a railroad came through the town and the town expanded around the railroad stop. The train station is now the Ragland Depot Museum where many of the artifacts of Ragland’s railroad history can be seen.
- With the addition of brick and cement manufacturing, Ragland developed into an industrial town in the late 1800s
- Fort Strother, a supply camp built near Ragland by Andrew Jackson in 1813, was used during the Indian Wars. A monument stands near the site.
Psalm 1 – “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”
Lord God, we thank You for Your Word, which is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Thank You for establishing a path for us to walk in the righteousness of Christ, so that even when it takes us through the dark places, Your path and Your Word can keep us from harm. Cause Your people to be ever more diligent to hide Your Word in our hearts, so that we might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11), nor be led astray by the false doctrines that are so prevalent in the world today.
We pray for the town of Ragland, Alabama today. We pray that Mayor White and the other leaders of this town would not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand with sinners, nor sit with scoffers. We pray that they would delight in Your Word and Your ways. Bless Mayor White in the light of Your Word. If he does not know you, we pray that the light of Your Word would bring him to the path of salvation for Your name’s sake.
We pray that the town of Ragland itself would be like a tree planted by streams of water, streams of Living Water that flow from Your throne. Wash this town with the washing of water with the Word, and then cause it to blossom and bear much fruit for Your Kingdom. We pray that You would provide for this town and all those who live and work there to have everything they need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) We pray for good jobs, financial health for businesses and families and places of safety for every man, woman and child. We pray for the love of Christ to be shed abroad in their hearts, and that this town would see the salvation of the Lord on their behalf.
We ask these things in the name of Jesus, who is the Word made flesh who came to live among us, and who is now seated at the right-hand of the Father, making intercession for us. Amen.