Praying for Warrior, Alabama

Today we begin the municipalities that begin with “W”, which is the last letter for Alabama municipalities. I can’t believe we are so close to the end! There is always a chance we may have missed a city or town, so if you visit the blog and can’t find your hometown, please let us know. It could be that it hasn’t been officially incorporated yet, or that it wasn’t incorporated when our list was compiled (a few years ago), or that we somehow left it off our list out of human error.

I also wanted to share that a lot of the historical facts we list about each municipality we get from the city or town’s website, if they have one, or websites such as Wikipedia or City-town Ginny, our main researcher, also makes phone calls and talks to real people who work in the city or town hall whenever possible. When she’s not able to do it, Google is my friend and “researcher”.

Located in Jefferson and Blount Counties

  • Northernmost city in Jefferson County. Outlying parts of the city are in Blount County.

Mayor Johnny Ragland

Named for the Warrior coal fields and the Black Warrior River which drained them

  • Was once hunting grounds for Native Americans
  • White settlers came to the area around 1816
  • Settlers founded Cane Creek School, the earliest school in the area, before Alabama became a state
  • Post office established in 1872

Arrival of the railroad in the 1860s transformed Warrior into a boomtown

  • People of all nationalities came by the thousands for the coal mining industry
  • Turbulence followed as the community experienced strikes and violence as different culture tried to learn to live together
  • A spirit of community emerged during the poverty and turmoil of the Depression, as conditions for miners and their families deteriorated.
  • The community, led by Major William T. Morgan, banded together to save over 200 families from starvation, disease job loss

Warrior Day is an annual event held in early autumn and includes entertainment, food and a large swap meet.

Psalm 33:16-22 – “The king is not saved by a mighty army; a warrior is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a false hope for victory; nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope on His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine.  Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.”

Lord God, You are our shield, our strength and our Mighty Warrior who sings songs of deliverance over us! You fight for us, and we are assured of victory in You! Praise You, Lord God! Hallelujah!

Thank You for the city of Warrior, Alabama, and how You’ve brought them out of that place of turmoil and distress into a place of prosperity and peace. We pray that this city would put their hope in You alone and would rejoice in Your holy name. Let Warrior be a place that is the apple of Your eye, and may the people experience the joy and peace of Your lovingkindness. We pray Your lovingkindness would invade every home, every place of business, every church and every place of government in Warrior.

We pray for Mayor Ragland to put his hope and trust in You. For every difficult situation, for every battle he might face, we pray that he would trust in You to be His shield and defense. Give him and those who serve alongside him the wisdom to utilize every tool at their disposal to lead their city well, but to ultimately look to You as the source of hope, help and provision for their city and even their personal lives.

For those in this city who are suffering, we pray Lord God that You would deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We speak hope and life into those lives and situations that seem dead and hopeless. Mighty Warrior, we pray that You would step into those places and bring Your victory and deliverance out of Your compassion and faithfulness. May every person in Warrior know who their Warrior King is. Let them hope in You. Amen.


Birmingham from the Mountain

Birmingham from Vulcan

My family and I visited Vulcan Park last Monday. While I’m not crazy about a huge statue of a false god looking over the city, I absolutely LOVE the view from up there, and reading about the elements that God blessed the metro-B’ham area with and how the steel industry shaped this city and surrounding areas.

As I stood at the railing, looking at the magnificent views, I felt an ache of longing in my heart. The city looks so beautiful from that vantage point. The sun bright and the sky was a brilliant blue that day we were there, and the city shone like a jewel. It made me ache for the future, when Birmingham becomes “the city of Jesus’ dreams”, as Paul Hughes of Birmingham Prayer Furnace always talks about.

Then the Lord gave me His perspective, which made me ache with grief. When He looks at Birmingham, He can see the least and the lost in the streets. He sees the poor and homeless, who have created their own little community among the city’s abandoned buildings. He sees the abused and neglected, who are almost completely devoid of hope. He sees the broken homes, and the children who need a mom AND a dad. He sees the drugs, the human trafficking and other crime. He sees the corruption, the pride, arrogance, and self-serving attitudes. And it breaks His heart.

So what hope do we have that this city will ever become the city of Jesus’ dreams? We have the best hope of all – Jesus Himself. When God looks at this city, He also sees the shed blood of His Son, covering the land. He sees the prayers of His people rising like incense before His very throne. He sees His Bride, the Church in Birmingham, starting to wake from her slumber and become the Bride He has been waiting for. He sees how He will cause all things to work together for our good and His glory by redeeming everything the enemy meant for evil. Hallelujah!!

So join me in praying for those real needs in our cities, and rejoice with me that the God of this city – the One True God and not a false statue of a god – sees us and has redeemed us by the blood of Christ.