Renowned journalist Leigh Hatcher addressed an attentive audience at the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.
Renowned journalist Leigh Hatcher addressed an attentive audience at the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast. Renee Pilcher

Prayer brekkie community blessing

“DID you wake up this morning and say ‘Good morning Lord’ or did you wake up and say ‘Good Lord, it’s morning’?”

That comment by Pastor Graham Bizzell from Gympie Uniting Church set the tone for yesterday’s fifth annual Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

This popular event attracted a sell-out crowd who came together for numerous reasons including to hear the beautiful voice of Lachlan Baker and guest speaker Leigh Hatcher and, as Mayor Ron Dyne said, to “bring people together as a community and rise above devastation”.

Prayers by Pastor Bizzell, Victory College principal Johannes Solymosi, Senior Constable Stephanie Vogler, Ross Davies, Cos Schuh and Bill Thorburn were devoted, in the main, to those throughout the world suffering from floods, earthquakes and civil unrest.

The devastation around the world and the consequences of that was the motivation behind Leigh’s address regarding The Big Picture.

A journalist with more than 30 years experience, an author, husband, father and Christian – not necessarily in that order – Leigh said he was honoured to be in Gympie and that he did not remember ever having had a “greater affinity” with an audience.

Comparing “snapshots” of life to the big picture, Leigh showed, through words and projected images on a screen, how to view and cope with the snapshots via access to the big picture.