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The Water Works

From Rev. Solomon Keal, Pastor of Bryn Athyn Church School
March 2, 2020

Last weekend I got the chance to visit the Fairmount Water Works, which is behind the Philadelphia Art Museum, on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. It’s a wonderful place to visit, with beautiful parks and walkways by the river. And it also houses a museum in the spot where the Water Works used to supply the city with water. It was fascinating to learn the history and clever engineering involved in the way that years ago they used the power of the river itself to pump water into a reservoir to supply the whole city with water.
As my wife and I listened to the water going over the dam, I was reminded of this verse from Revelation: “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory.’” (Revelation 19:6-7).
The Writings say this about that verse: “The sound of many waters symbolizes the joy of angels of the intermediate heaven. Their joy was heard as such because many waters symbolize truths in abundance.” (Apocalypse Revealed 811) Last Sunday, we had a Feast of Charity at the Informal Service. On the tables was an abundance of quotes from the Word and the Writings. During the feast people engaged in conversation, reading these quotes and discussing the power of truth in their lives. The conversation in that room was like the sound of many waters. It was a great multitude of people joyfully sharing the Lord’s truth. And I think it lifted people’s spirits the way the power of the river used to lift water into the city of brotherly love.

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