In preparation for the national election, I am looking at our nation’s origins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
On March 4, 1681, William Penn received from King Charles II a charter for a colony to lie north of Maryland and west of the Delaware river. As a Quaker leader, Penn planned in his colony a “Holy Experiment,” where men of his own religious sect and other religious persuasions might find freedom of the mind. The surveyors found a high and dry place for his capital at the peninsula formed by the flow of the Schuylkill River into the Delaware River.
The Indian name for the place meant “grove of tall pines.” From the book of Revelation, Penn chose the name Philadelphia–“brotherly love.”
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT)
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
We thank You, Father, for the strength, the trust, the understanding, and the fullness of life of William Penn. We praise You for the width, the length, the height, and the depth of Your love for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
We bless Philadelphia. We bless her covenant roots in You. We lift high the Appeal to Heaven flag, also known as the Pine Tree flag, and declare that Philadelphia is rooted in brotherly love. We speak to the covenant roots of Philadelphia and say, “Grow! Grow down into God’s love.” Amen.
Reference: Encyclopedia Brittanica