Canada Day

Leave a comment July 1, 2010 in News and Personal

July 1st, 1867 two British colonies and a province of the British Empire united to become Canada. Although Canada became its own kingdom, Britain retained parliamentary rule. Over the years Britain lost bits and pieces of that rule until Canada established the Constitution Act in 1982.

Why is this something to celebrate today?

It is a celebration of independence, and acknowledgment of the beginning of something new, and an opportunity to enjoy the day together with others who have enjoyed the freedoms and privileges this country has allowed us.

Many people have come to Canada for refuge, assylum, and freedom from religious persecution over the many decades (more than a century) this country has been established. My people are some of them.

Here we have enjoyed religious freedom, freedom of speech and a bill of rights. We’ve been privileged to travel across the second largest country in the world with no restraints or restrictions to see majestic mountains, wild ocean coasts, high skies over the prairies, rushing rivers, arctic snow, desert, and so much more of God’s gorgeous creation.

As the people in my country celebrate Canada Day today – July 1st, 2010 – may we remember that all our freedoms, privileges and beauty we have enjoyed in this vast land have come directly from the hand of God. Let’s thank Him for that.

For those of you who are not Canadian, I’d ask for a few prayers for our country today. Pray the words of our anthem with us that God would keep our land, glorious and free.

O Canada!

Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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