May 24th – Wednesday

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. – Romans 15:13

The first public railroad began operations on this day in 1830. Horses originally drew the cars on the 26-mile track between Baltimore and Ellicott’s Mills until steam power was utilized several years later. The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road Company, the oldest railroad in the U.S., was motivated by the desires of merchants who wanted to do business between port towns in the East to producers in the Midwest. Railway endeavors faced competition from canal and turnpike builders. In 1852, the B&O railroad succeeded in completing its line through the Appalachian Mountains to the Ohio River. The walk of faith may sometimes bear similarities to the slow growth and development of the railroad system. Persistence, belief, and reliance on Almighty God will bring you through to His good purposes for your life.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For the leaders and personnel running the Federal Railroad Administration to seek God’s direction as they fulfill their duties.
  • For the secretary and officials in the Commerce Department as they work to support the economy and movement of goods across the nation.

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