Hundreds attend Blessing of the Marketplace

The Destin Log
Local pastors lined up and gave a prayer and recognized local leaders, business owners, non-profit organizations and professionals during the Blessing of the Marketplace. [ABRAHAM GALVAN/THE LOG]

As part of the Week of Blessings, hundreds of business owners and representatives gathered to pray on Wednesday during the Blessing of the Marketplace at the Destin United Methodist Church.

Local pastors from various churches prayed over people who are part of the community.

“As a captain, I always got blessed during the Blessing of the Fleet. I thought it would be good to extent it to other businesses, including the Sheriff’s Office, firefighters, and city officials,” said Mike Parker, who helped start the Blessing of the Marketplace with state Rep. Mel Ponder.

“Fourteen years ago, we decided we will have a day where we get together and get blessed. That’s how the Church of Destin was formed,” he added.

Parker said the Church of Destin, a group of churches in the area that work together, also do projects where they collect funds to help the city. They donate to organizations like the Sheriff’s Office, fire department, and schools.

“We want to bless the people who serve us,” he said.

Attending the lunch and supporting the church and the community, Marcia Hull said it’s nice to see how the community comes together and worships God.

“As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer and how it helps us to dig in deep for inner strength,” said Hull. “God is in control and he will see us through our blessings and challenges.”

Receiving blessing with her co-workers, Maria Ramos said she has been attending the Blessing of the Marketplace for the past six years and said it's good to see how a small community can come together and do something so unique.

“It is spiritually uplifting and it really makes us feel like we belong to the family of Destin,” she said.

This year's Week of Blessings kicked off May 21 with the Blessing of the Families. Other events included a Day of Fasting and Prayer on May 22, the Blessing of the Youth on May 24 and the 60th annual Blessing of the Fleet on May 25.