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HSU Begins Morning Prayer Time Tradition By: Abbey Pardue

A few weeks ago, Dr. Tony Morrow, director of student achievement at Hardin-Simmons University, began hosting a morning prayer time in the library on weekday mornings. Since then, students have been eager to spend their mornings in the library in a quiet time of prayer and reading scripture.

This idea was developed when Dr. Morrow was participating in a regular noon Bible study in the cafeteria and students suggested that it would be nice to have a morning time slot of prayer and Bible readings in the mornings. Dr. Morrow said, “I spoke with the president and others responsible for spiritual formation to get their feedback and blessing.” He believed the library would be a great venue to begin this time. Dr. Morrow's office is also in the library and this made it more effective for him to facilitate the time and help students get involved.

While the initiative started only two weeks ago, staff and students have already seen an impact by having a special, consistent place where they can come to be with fellow believers and spend time with the Lord. They have felt like this is a very special time to strengthen their relationship with God.

This takes place every weekday morning, beginning at 6:00 a.m. and wrapping up at approximately 7:20 a.m. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to come and go as they please. This will continue every weekday morning for the rest of the semester.

Again, this time is not only set up for students, but staff and faculty are invited as well. Dr. Morrow said, “I would like students, faculty and staff to know there is a place they can come each morning where they can grow in their personal relationship with God.” There are always opportunities on campus for prayer, time in the word and connecting with fellow believers. Be on the lookout for more of these opportunities and take advantage of these times.


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