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He Shall Have Dominion

 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea.
Psalm 72:8

The founding fathers of this country were convinced that Canada should be a nation under God.  The country was officially called the Dominion of Canada....based on the verse found in Psalm 72:8.  The leaders acknowledged that God would have dominion in this great nation from sea to shining sea  The national motto as it appears on our Coat of Arms is 'from sea to sea' (“A mari usque ad mare”) was also adopted at that time.  That was the framework on which this great country was built.  In 1867 Canada's first prime minister, John A. MacDonald explained to Queen Victoria of England, that the name was a tribute to the principles they earnestly desired to uphold.  On July 1, 1867 Canada was a country built on the Word of God.

Many things have changed over the years.  Our motto remains the same, though  most Canadians likely have no idea that it is based on scripture.  Many of the values that were accepted at that time have been discarded along the way.  What the future holds for us as a nation, we do not know.  May  "God keep our land glorious and free" as stated in the lyrics of our national anthem.   Let's not forget to pray for our country and our leaders, who are leading at a most difficult time in history.

If my people, who are called by my name, 
will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, 
then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:4 NIV

Happy Canada Day...
from someone who feels most privileged to call Canada home!

And to those of you who live south of the border...
Happy Fourth of July!


  1. Happy Canada Day to you all! I have been to Canada many times and enjoyed it's beauty and it's friendliness. We are so blessed to have you as neighbors! Thanks for the good wishes for our 4th too.

  2. Thank you Judy for this wonderful reminder of how our great and beautiful nation was established under God's dominion. We are blessed indeed to live in a nation where we are able to worship freely. May we not take that forgranted. Happy Canada Day to everyone and Happy 4th of July to our wonderful neighbors to the south.

  3. If only our countries had stayed to the wishes of the founders of our great nations. I have never visited your country but would have loved the experience when I was younger. I live in Kansas, the middle of USA.
    God bless both of our countries as we celebrate our beginnings.

  4. Thank you Judy for reminding us of the principles on which Canada was founded. May He ever have Dominion from Sea to Sea in this great land of ours.
    And may we, as His people, pray regularly for our leaders and for the people in our land.

  5. Well put Sam I Am. We are truly blessed to live in North America and have such a peaceful and friendly relationship with our nearest neighbor. As we celebrate our countries, we should give thanks for that and also send a prayer that other nations might learn by our example.

  6. Missed yesterday--another great message--Thank you.