Jesus Day ~ June 11, 2011

                                      Official Memorandum

                                              State of Texas

                                    Office of the Governor 

                                                Jesus Day

Throughout the world, people of all religions recognize Jesus Christ as an example of love, compassion, sacrifice and service. Reaching out to the poor, the suffering and the marginalized, he provided moral leadership that continues to inspire countless men, women and children today.

To honor his life and teachings, Christians of all races and denominations have joined together to designate June 10 as Jesus Day. As part of this celebration of unity, they are taking part in the 10th annual March for Jesus in cities throughout the Lone Star State. The march, which began in Austin in 1991, is now held in nearly 180 countries. Jesus Day challenges people to follow Christ’s example by performing good works in their communities and neighborhoods. By nursing the sick, feeding the poor or volunteering in homeless shelters, everyone can play a role in making the world a better place.

I urge all Texans to answer the call to serve those in need. By volunteering their time, energy or resources to helping others, adults and youngsters follow Christ’s message of  love and service in thought and deed.

Therefore, I, George W. Bush, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim June 10, 2000, Jesus Day in Texas and urge the appropriate recognition whereof, In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this 17th day of April, 2000.

Governor of Texas

The concept of Jesus Day occurred upon sensing the need for a broader expression of Jesus.  The marches gathered us around our love for Jesus, which has compelled us to find ways to share that love with others.  The first Jesus Day was held on June 10, 2000 in over 450 cities across the United States.  By combining our worship and prayers with acts of kindness, Jesus Day has become an open expression of our faith in action, which brings honor to Jesus’ name.  The idea of “a day on earth as it is in heaven” developed with the  realization that within the church lies the resources to feed every hungry person, care for every fatherless child, touch every suffering person, and fill the streets with singing.

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