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Guest opinion: Community Prayer Breakfast urges Southwest Florida residents to unite for a better tomorrow

April 19, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Divisiveness seems to be everywhere these days.

Politics, religion, race, economics, immigration, gun control We can't seem to agree on anything.

If ever there was a time to come together, it's now. That's why this year's theme for the National Day of Prayer - unity - is so appropriate. We can put aside those heated discussions, at least for one day, and pray for Southwest Florida's future.

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Randy Henderson

We all live here. This is our community. We all want what's best for Southwest Florida - top-notch schools, affordable housing, less crime, quality healthcare, smooth traffic, more job opportunities, a pristine environment, business growth The list of topics we can agree on is lengthy, much longer than our topics of disagreement.

So why don't we spend more time focusing on those issues and generating some positive energy? We share a tremendous responsibility to make the city of Fort Myers, and Southwest Florida in general, a better place for our children and grandchildren, and that's hard to do when we're not united for a cause. It's what I've been trying to do for the past 18 years as a council member and mayor. Although we face the same challenges as many communities throughout the country, it's encouraging to see government working with residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations for the good of our community.

A diverse group of community leaders - clergy, politicians, mothers, fathers, churchgoers, business owners and others who call Southwest Florida their home - will come together on Thursday, May 3 for the annual Community Prayer Breakfast at City of Palms Park, 2201 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers. A breakfast buffet starts at 6:05 a.m. and will be followed at 7 a.m. by a program that includes community leaders and nationally acclaimed speaker Rick Rigsby.

Consider this my personal invitation to attend the annual Community Prayer Breakfast. It's free and open to Southwest Florida residents of all religions, political affiliations and other distinguishing characteristics. For this event, on this day, we're all one.

Imagine the power we can generate by packing City of Palms Park to join in prayer, united for a cause.

For more information and tickets, please visit communityprayerbreakfast.com, email cpbreakfast2018@yahoo.com or call 239-994-9770.

-Randy Henderson has been mayor of Fort Myers since 2009, and previously served for nine years on the City Council. He has been a resident of Fort Myers for 39 years and is CEO of Corbin Henderson Company.

 
 
 

 

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