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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

PHILADELPHIA FUN

Even though I grew up only 20 miles outside Philadelphia, and have visited the historic section on several occasions, I was delighted to accompany a few friends on a day trip to the City of Brotherly Love. Taking the Speedline train, we traveled into the city crossing the Delaware River on the side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. I have always loved the feeling of being suspended in mid-air over the water while watching cars speed across the bridge only yards away from our seats.

During our visit we saw the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth’s Alley, Franklin Square, Carpenter’s Hall, The Liberty Bell, The Quaker Meeting House, Independence Hall, Christ Church and Washington Square Park. Not bad for one day’s worth of sightseeing. Lunch, of course, consisted of true Philly cheesesteaks, and we managed a "historic" trip to Starbucks as well.

Standing in Independence Hall, my heart went out in gratitude to the men who occupied the chairs placed before me. God worked through those intelligent and gifted men to found this unique country, even in the face of personal danger and ruin. Like the British who owed so much to the brave pilots protecting their country from German forces, we Americans owe a great deal of gratitude to the men now called the "Founding Fathers." What an inspiration it is to stand in the same room where the likes of John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson once lifted their voices in debate.

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