They prayed for marriages. They prayed for children and schools. They prayed for college graduates, people dealing with mental illness, those affected by domestic violence, for the community, its leaders, and more. They prayed for peace in our world. Scores of people came to Wilton Library\u2019s Brubeck Room on May 4 for a service for the National Day of Prayer. The event was hosted by Morning Meditations with Sisters in Community, a local prayer group that meets every Wednesday at the home of Adrienne Reedy. She has arranged the service in Wilton for several years. \u201cMy door is always open on Wednesday morning for women to come and pray,\u201d she said. \u201cWhere in the world would I be without God\u2019s unmerited love and grace.\u201d Reedy invited Stamford pastor Jean Luc Charles as the guest speaker, who broke down the words national, day, and prayer. About the word national, he said, \u201cI could not help but think about the world we are in today.\u201d Calling it a word that \u201cbrought us all in,\u201d he said it also \u201cdemonstrates our current fragmentation, demonstrates our current division, demonstrates all of the ways in which we are not necessarily living up to what it means to be one nation. \u201cMore than ever we are recognizing and are increasingly aware of the deep differences and the stark divisions that divide us, and we ask, \u2018What does it mean to be one nation?\u2019\u201d Nation is not a \u201cfar-flung, abstract ideal,\u201d he said, but \u201cwhen people gather, they are practicing what it means to be a nation.\u201d \u201cWhat it means to be a nation is what it means to exhibit the practices of the people,\u201d he said. \u201cThe day-to-day activity that allows for flourishing, and that\u2019s where our ideal resides.\u201d Prayer is such a practice in such a gathering. Although there is a National Day of Prayer, he said the sentiment must last for more than just one day. \u201cWe cannot live our lives in deep compartmentalization. We cannot keep our lives in separate boxes.\u201d The values exhibited on this day must be exhibited every day, he said, \u201cparticularly on those days that are most challenging \u2026 every day should be a day of prayer.\u201d Because we live in communities where people care for one another, we should offer prayers of Thanksgiving, he said, but added that Jesus also offered prayers for his enemies. \u201cPerhaps this a day we should recognize that prayer for our enemies betters ourselves,\u201d he said. Following his talk, 12 guests walked to the stage and offered prayers as an acolyte lit a candle for each. \u201cMay each child and youth speak and walk upright with integrity,\u201d prayed Lisa Stevens. YMCA Executive Director Bob McDowell prayed for college graduates \u201cto make good decisions and avoid temptations \u2026 to have the boldness to stand up for what is right.\u201d The Rev. Anne Coffman of Wilton Presbyterian Church prayed that victims of domestic violence \u201creceive the peace that allows them to heal and forgive\u201d and know that \u201cno weapon formed against them will prosper.\u201d She also prayed for their abusers to not be dominated by fear and anger and instead feel peace and joy to live in harmony. Pam Brown, director of Hillside Cemetery, prayed for national and local leaders to make decisions that are \u201calways in the best interest of our community.\u201d Father Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima prayed for the police, saying, \u201cWe live in safety because of their efforts. We pray every siren brings them home safely.\u201d He added, \u201cWhat good is a great school if it\u2019s not in a safe environment?\u201d The Rev. Hanna Massad of Stamford was thankful for the gift of peace and prayed for people to \u201clive by the law of love and forgiveness.\u201d The service closed with police Officer Anna Tornello singing the Lord\u2019s Prayer and Reedy inviting those in the audience to submit written prayer requests. Information: email@example.com.