September 9th – Saturday

A joyful heart is good medicine. – Proverbs 17:22

On September 9, 1776, the Continental Congress officially changed the name of the country from the “United Colonies” to the “United States of America.” Congress had been operating under the name “United Colonies” since its inception in 1774. However, the colonies were in a struggle for independence from British rule. As the colonies grew more determined to establish themselves as a separate and independent nation, the name “United Colonies” no longer accurately represented their cause. Adopting the “United States of America” was motivated by a strong desire among the colonists to solidify their identity as a unified political entity, distinct from their status as British colonies. This name change followed the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which proclaimed the colonies’ intention to reject British rule and outlined the principles of liberty and self-governance.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For members of Congress as they carry on legislative tasks and debate over government appropriations.
  • For the president and his administration as they make changes and promote programs for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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