In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 NIV
The first use of Canada as an official name came in 1791, when the Province of Quebec was divided into the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada. In 1841, the two colonies were united under one name, the Province of Canada. Leading up to the proposed confederation, a number of names were suggested for the northern half of the continent of North America, including: Albertsland, Albionora, Borealia, Britannia, Cabotia, Colonia, Efisga, Hochelaga, Norland, Superior, Transatlantia, Tuponia, and Victorialand.
I love how the Bible begins. Even in this day of horrible Biblical illiteracy most Christians at least know the first verse of the Bible. Genesis 1:1 lays out the foundation for the entire rest of the Biblical narrative: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” There is so much about this simple verse that is impactful. First, it simply states God’s existence. It doesn’t explain where He came from – He simply is. In the beginning, God had already existed in eternity. He simply is. Just as you can’t go back far enough to discover the beginning of time, you can’t go back far enough to discover the existence of God. He simply exists – always has, always will. In a world locked into time, in a world that is constantly shifting, God remains the constant. Second, this verse reminds us that God is the Creator of all things material and spiritual. This world is not a product of chance and neither are you. Just as God carefully brought this universe into being, and did so based on specific laws of science, He carefully created you and brought you into being. You are unique, special, planned and loved. From the beginning.
These have been words from the heart.