Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued an official proclamation Thursday asking "Texans of all faiths and traditions" to pray for rain over the three-day Easter weekend.
"Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas," the proclamation, posted on the governor's website, began.
"Throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer," the proclamation read.
"It is fitting that Texans should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this ongoing drought and these devastating wildfires," it stated.
Firefighters statewide have battled more than 8,000 wildfires that have charred an estimated 1.8 million acres and taken the lives of two firefighters.
Perry urged Texans to pray "for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life."
On Thursday, firefighters welcomed the light drizzle that began falling west of Fort Worth. And the forecast calls for a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain just as the three-day prayer for rain begins.
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