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A Prayer for North Carolina

Learn how the December issue inspired a first-of-its-kind feature and an innovative digital storytelling experience.


In a first-of-its-kind feature, Our State magazine presents “A Prayer for North Carolina” in its December 2013 issue.

Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson invited people of faith from the mountains to the coast — rural preachers, urban ministers, and religious scholars — to share their interpretations of “a prayer for North Carolina.”

“These prayers,” Hudson says, “are unlike anything we’ve ever presented before. They are positive meditations on our state’s geography, culture, history, spirit, and people, and they inspire hope and joy for the place we call home.”

So unique was the undertaking that it also inspired a first-of-its-kind digital storytelling project. At Our State’s fully interactive website — — readers can listen to the writers read their work, see photographs of places across North Carolina that inspired these essays, and enjoy exclusive video and musical compositions arranged just for us. Readers can share the prayers that most inspire them and contribute their own prayer to the collection.

“There is content on this new website that you won’t find anywhere else,” Hudson explains. “And it will allow readers to fully immerse themselves in these prayers.”

In the issue, Rev. Billy Graham, who has shared his message of faith and hope with nearly 215 million people worldwide, turns homeward with a prayer for his beloved North Carolina.

Other contributors include Rev. Dr. Sid Batts from Greensboro’s First Presbyterian Church, Rabbi Paul Sidlofsky from Wilmington’s Temple of Israel — the first synagogue in North Carolina — and Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Experience the prayers at beginning November 15, 2013. New prayers will be released each weekday until November 26, 2013, when the December issue will be available on newsstands.

December Issue Launch at The Billy Graham Library

Billy Graham LibraryYou’re Invited! Celebrate Our State’s December Issue — “A Prayer for North Carolina” — at The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come be a part of this special celebration. This event is free and open to all. Stop by the Our State table to receive your free gift.

Learn more about the event.

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About Our State

Since 1933, Our State has shared stories about North Carolina with readers both in state and around the world. We celebrate the people and places that make this state great. From the mountains to the coast, we feature North Carolina travel, history, food, and beautiful scenic photography.
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4 Responses to A Prayer for North Carolina

  1. Ada Griffin says:

    What a wonderful idea! It is so wonderful to be able to hear Billy Graham pray for NC and our country,anytime of the morning. 3:20 am. Such a comfort! Please do fits again.

  2. Deryl Holliday says:

    Please do it again next year and use some different people to get more creative views. It will bring more joy to everyone!
    Deryl Holliday, retired pastor and volunteer Christian counselor with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association online at

  3. Barnes Norris says:

    Well done. Award winning concept. I especially like Fred Bahnson’s oblique style. I bump into him occasionally at Whole Foods. I recommend you contact Rev. Hal Warlick for a contribution. ( Keep up good work.

  4. Mina McBride says:

    What a fantastic project. The digital accompaniment was well done and offers an inspiring way to start the day to hear these prayers spoken in the voices of the writers. Thank you. I am not a native North Carolinian and have only been here a few months, but I remain impressed by the sheer beauty visible in the state’s natural resources and people. “Our State” is truly a great place to be.

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