They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty — and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

Psalm 145:5 NIV

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Glorious Splendour

B.C.’s first Coat of Arms was adopted on July 19, 1895. It was created by Canon Arthur Beanlands of Victoria and included symbols that reflected the views and beliefs of B.C. at the time, such as the Union Jack, placed in the lower part of the shield to represent unity with the British nation, the wavy blue bars, representing the sea and the setting sun, representing the stability and glory of B.C. and reinforcing the motto Splendor Sine Occasu which translates to “Splendour Without Diminishment.”


It isn’t surprising that British Columbia’s motto is “Splendour Without Diminishment.” While the idea is that it is the land of the sun that never sets, there is so much about BC that is filled with glorious splendour. From the mountains to the beautiful beaches, from the waterfalls to the temperate rain forests, British Columbia never ceases to amaze. There is scenery around every corner, it seems, that takes your breath away. If this is the case in BC, how much more is it with the Creator. In Psalm 145:5 King David writes, “They speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” We don’t know who the “they” is that speak of God’s glorious splendour, but whoever they are, they are correct. David, instead, sees God’s glory in all that He has created. That is fair. We ought to as well. As we see scenery that takes our breath away, we need to praise the One who created it. We ought to see God’s hand in all that is lovely, all that is beautiful. Like David, we need to meditate on God’s wonderful works. Take time today to do so.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley