The flag is unique in that it is the only one in the world that has a leaf on it. With a land mass of 9.9 million square kilometres it is 2nd only to Russia. Bordering on the Atlantic, Pacific and Artic Oceans, this country has 243,000 kilometers of shoreline. If a person were to walk 20 kilometres of shoreline a day, it would take that person around 33 years to complete.
The country is called Canada, and this weekend we are celebrating 149 years of being a nation. It is a summer long weekend and people are out enjoying it with all that summer has to offer.
Originally called “The Dominion of Canada”, the name was based on the verse Psalm 72:8, “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea. And from the river to the ends of the earth”.
Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley was premier of New Brunswick at the time and 1 of the 33 Fathers of Confederation. As a Christian he thought “What a wonderful name to give Canada”. A letter by John A Macdonald to Queen Victoria was promptly approved, and he rest is history.
The Canadian government no longer regards “The Dominion of Canada” as the official name and has deliberately not used it in several decades. And on July 1, 1983 Dominion day officially was called Canada Day. Sadly our country has fallen away from the Christian foundation it was founded upon. Please remember to pray for our countries leaders in this turbulent world.