Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Prayer for Michael Nutter

Well, it's Mayor Nutter now. I wish all the luck he can have, as he'll need it. I watched his speech live yesterday. He had a lot of passion, and very admirable goals, but he'll have a really difficult time getting them accomplished. Cutting the murder rate by fifty percent is no easy task, nor is overcoming an anti-educational culture in our city's lower classes, both black and white, to lower the high school drop out rate.

I am going to reprint William Penn's famous Prayer for the City. If I'm correct, Mayor Nutter will need all the prayers he can get.

A Prayer for the City

"And thou, Philadelphia, the virgin settlement of this province-named before thou wert born-what love, what care, what service, and what travail there have been to bring thee forth and to preserve thee from such as would abuse and defile thee.

Oh that thou mayest be kept from the evil that would overwhelm thee, that faithful to the God of thy mercies, in the life of righteousness, thou mayest be preserved to the end.

My soul prays to God for thee that thou mayest stand in the day of trial, that thy children may be blest and thy people saved by his power."

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