Canada Day 2022

Canada Day 1 July 2022

I can’t help but be thankful to God for this nation that I was born in. Oh, I know, it is far from perfect, but there is still much beauty and bounty within this massive land. My home, away from home, while I walk this Christian journey. While the imperfections might be many, I am still very thankful for the liberties we have and the many benefits that we enjoy. 

Having served within our Canadian Armed Forces for many years, I know first hand the sacrifices that many have made, and still make, to this very day. As good people go, we Canadians have many, that serve, rather than to be served. And this extends beyond our military, in many varied walks of life. Churches serving the needy, helping others, without any thought of return. Medical professionals giving of themselves, much further beyond what one might reasonably expect. Many people in many professions and from within common homes, helping others, just because they can. 

Sometimes we allow ourselves to focus on the imperfections and we make assumptions on the road ahead, but I’ve seen the roads that many others travel and the limitations that they face, day to day. All things considered, all within the land we call our current home, still have very much to be thankful for.

I don’t know what the future holds for this nation, among nations, but I do know this. We are blessed beyond our realizations and the shortfalls that we may sometimes see. And I thank our heavenly Father, for the unwarranted favour we far too often, take for granted. 

There is another home, that I also yearn to see. Its shores cannot be seen among these nations, that are now displayed before our eyes, and the goodness that emulates from within its shores, far exceeds that which we now see. That’s because the source of all goodness, resides there, what is truly fair and what is truly just. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Thank you heavenly Father, thank you Jesus, the original righteous Son of God and thank you Holy Spirit. And thank you for blessings us with the greatest gift of all, your Son.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. You’re right. We tend to see all that is wrong about our country and take for granted our freedom. But we should never take freedom for granted. We in America also have a lot to be thankful for, too. Good reminder, Bruce. Happy Canada Day!

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    • Thanks, Cindy. I am of the firm conviction that everyone should spend at least six months in a middle east country. Complaining takes on a whole new perspective when we get back home! Blessings!

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      • That’s true. My daughter said it was difficult to fit back in here after spending 6 months in a children’s hospital in Africa. She will never be the same. We have so much to be thankful for! Blessings, my friend!

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  2. It’s been my privilege to teach with a couple of Canadians during my career. I know it’s a stereotype, but my colleagues from the Far North were more polite and less “in your face” than their American counterparts.

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    • Hi David, I’ve noticed that we don’t usually honk our car horns as much as I’ve seen in the States, but even that is changing here. Covid really got a lot of people on edge. Sad to see that. The Maritime Provinces are more laid back than central Canada (Ontario) but your New England states are pretty good too. Patience with one another is a precious commodity these days. Blessings!

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