Prayers for peers' sicknesses, the outcome of farmers' crops and the ability to minister to their troubled friends floated from the lips of Abilene High School students as they held hands around their flagpole and sought God.
Additionally, the students expressed thanksgiving for the freedom to worship God at a public school, unlike in some other countries where people are persecuted for their faith.
More than 20 students gathered at 7 a.m. Wednesday at AHS as part of the annual event, “See You at the Pole.” The event also took place at Garfield Elementary School, Abilene Middle School, Chapman Elementary School and Chapman High School.
Abby Young, junior at AHS, said she had hoped more people would join in to pray.
“I just wish that more people would come and really get to know God and what it’s about, that it’s not a religion, that it’s a relationship,” Young said. “When I go through tough things, like, even when I’m feeling alone, I know God’s there, even though it doesn’t seem like it. So it’s always nice to know you’re not alone.”
Taylor Thompson, co-leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and senior at AHS, led the other participants in singing worship songs as she played her guitar. They sang the No. 1. Christian Hit Radio song, “Your Love Never Fails.”
“Part of See You at the Pole is that people are brave enough and proud enough of their faith that they would come out and worship by the flagpole where their fellow peers will see them,” Thompson said. “So if anything, maybe it someone asks them, ‘What were you doing by the flagpole?’ that would just be a good way to witness and minister to somebody. Hopefully, we can just continue to shine for God and not be one way in front of the flagpole in front of God and one way in front of school, that we can just be the same all the way around.”