By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
PINEVILLE – With Easter just days away, students, staff and faculty at Louisiana College took a little journey Wednesday.
It was a time of reflection and remembrance.
On a picturesque Wednesday, students traveled on the self-guided “Road to Gethsemane Prayer Journey” through seven stations, each one focusing on a specific area of prayer. The self-guided prayer journey began by encouraging students and other participants to take a moment and be still in Christ’s presence, remembering his death and glorious resurrection as the greatest moment in history.
Other stations included reflections on praise and thanksgiving, confession, intercession for ministers and missionaries, intercession for authorities and the nation and the LC campus. One of the stations even included a presentation of the gospel and an invitation to accept Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
By the first hour-and-a-half, the prayer journey had drawn 25 participants. The event continues through 3 p.m., and is open to the public.
Thomas Worsham, who recently became director of the LC Baptist Collegiate Ministry which sponsored the prayer journey, said the day allowed students, staff and faculty and any others who chose to participate to pause and reflect on the reason for Easter.
“I want the students to remember what Christ did for us,” Worsham said. “As they get ready for this special weekend, I am hoping this provides a chance for them to recall how Christ died on the cross for all of our sins.”
The first participant of the day was Lindsey Douglas, a sophomore from Baton Rouge and member of the LC BCM. She was happy the event was scheduled, so she and other students could come together and take time out of their schedules to pray.
“God hears us when we pray,” Douglas said. “That’s the way God has told us to communicate with Him and how we keep in contact with heart of God.”
Fellow LC BCM member Victoria Dixon, a junior from Baton Rouge, echoed the thought.
“This gives us extra time to be rejuvenated and focus on the Lord,” she said. “It’s good to have this as part of our Easter break that we are about go to into.”
LC President Rick Brewer expressed his appreciation for Worsham and the campus community who turned out for the event. Brewer said Worsham’s heart for Christ and the BCM resonate with the students.
“For Thomas to bring this prayer focus to Louisiana College is indicative of both his vertical and horizontal emphases on that which matters greatly to God and his followers,” he said. “Prayer has always preceded revival. So, as our Louisiana College family engages in this ‘Road to Gethsemane’ prayer walk, I am praying that God will send revival to our community, state and nation which is so desperately needed.”