Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 1st, 2020
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
Psalm 72:8 (KJV)
The name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” In 1535, two Aboriginal youths told French explorer Jacques Cartier about the route to kanata; they were actually referring to the village of Stadacona, the site of the present-day City of Québec. Cartier used the word “Canada” to describe not only the village, but the entire area controlled by its chief, Donnacona. By the early 1700s, the name referred to all French lands in what is now the American Midwest and as far south as present-day Louisiana.
After sin enters into the human experience, it doesn’t take the Bible long to record God’s love for the nations. In Genesis 12:3, God promises Abram that through him all the nations of the earth will be blessed. That would include our country. On this Canada Day, we can look back on the founders of our nation to discover that their longing was that God would bless the country they were creating. When the Fathers of Confederation were wrestling through a descriptor for the new country of Canada, they decided to sleep on the decision. The next morning, while having his morning devotions, Leonard Tilley from New Brunswick, opened his Bible to Psalm 72:8 which reads “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” At the meeting that morning he suggested that the new country be called the Dominion of Canada, since the desire was for God to rule this nation. Here we are on Canada’s 153rd birthday, still longing and praying for this to be the case. Take time today to pray for our beloved country, the Dominion of Canada.
These have been words from the heart.