Beautiful Nauvoo

Today we begin going through the N’s, most of which are towns I had not heard of before. If you have lived in Nauvoo, or know about these towns over the next couple of weeks, we would love to hear from you! I would love to someday visit all the towns and cities we’ve prayed for. Until then, I need you to fill me in on what these places are like.

Located in Walker and Winston Counties (straddles the two counties)

Mayor Dwight Byram

Founded in 1888

Incorporated in 1907

Named in honor of Nauvoo, Illinois, a city founded by Joseph Smith, a Mormon prophet. Navoo is also a Hebrew word meaning “beautiful place”

2010 population 221

  • Originally known as O’Mary’s Mill

  • Once a coal mining community located on Blackwater Creek.

  • When the Norfolk Southern Railroad was built, Joshua Blackwell donated the land and the town moved to its present location which, at the time, was close to the railroad.

  • Dr. Sanky, who practiced medicine in Nauvoo from 1903 until the 1940’s delivered the first quadruplets in Alabama.  His office is still standing.

Margaret Early Lee’s book, Memories of Nauvoo, gives a history of this small town

Instead of Scripture, which is always the best source to pray out of, I have a chorus running through my head that we used to sing in youth group.
“Oh Lord, You’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek. For when Your eyes are on this child, Your grace abounds to me.”

Dear Father, You are wonderful and altogether lovely. You are perfect – perfect love, perfect righteousness, perfect beauty, perfect justice, even perfect wrath (whoa, chew on that one for a moment) – the epitome of perfection. Your will is perfect, and You execute it perfectly. So many of us wear ourselves out striving for perfection, but we can rest in You, because You are our perfection, our holiness, our righteousness, and because You give us grace for our imperfection. You do not call us to be perfect; You call us to be holy. If we are in Christ, we can be a mess according to “perfect” standards, yet we can still be holy. Because of Jesus. Praise the Lord!

Lord, we pray for the town of Nauvoo today. Release the people of Nauvoo from impossible standards of perfection, and from the slavery of others’ expectations. In Jesus’ name, we pray You would break off every yoke of impossible standards in every area of their life. Let them experience the freedom of Your grace through the Gospel. Father, thank You that it is “by grace (we) are saved, through faith, and that not of works, so that no one may boast”. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

We lift up Mayor Dwight Byram to You today, and ask that he would walk in the freedom of Your grace. Compel Mayor Byram to seek Your face before everything else. Turn towards him, Lord, and be gracious to Him. Cause Your face to shine upon him so that He may be saved. Give him and the rest of this town’s leadership wisdom and grace to lead well. Release them from the impossible standards of perfection that the public oftentimes puts on our leaders. Cause them to rest in Your grace for them.

We pray that this town would be known as a beautiful place to everyone who lives there, works there, and visits there, because You are in that place. Let Your perfect grace shine on Nauvoo, and spread to all the surrounding areas, and even to the world. Establish this town in Your favor, Lord, for Your glory. May it reflect the beauty of our Lord.

If you have any personal experience or knowledge about Nauvoo, we would love to hear from you in the comments below. Or share with us how you are being led to pray for this town.