Biden issues National Day of Prayer Proclamation that does not include the word 'God'

The lone use of the word "Lord" appears only once at the conclusion of the declaration as it pertains to the date: The word appears within the boilerplate phrase "in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one." 
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President Biden on May 5, 2021
President Biden on May 5, 2021
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President Biden has issued a National Day of Prayer proclamation in which the word "God" does not appear once.

"I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in prayers for spiritual guidance, mercy, and protection," Biden says in the proclamation.

The lone use of the word "Lord" appears only once at the conclusion of the declaration as it pertains to the date: The word appears within the boilerplate phrase "in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one." 

The phrase "the divine" comes up in a quote that is attributed to the late Rep. John Lewis: "Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet."

In contrast, former President Donald Trump mentioned God about a dozen times in his final National Prayer Day proclamation last year.

David Brody, host of The Water Cooler inquired, "How do you release a proclamation about prayer and not mention God at all?"