Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Yesterday, July 1st, was Canada Day. It is the day, in Canada, when we celebrate and give thanks for this beautiful Nation of ours; to celebrate our freedom and the rights we have.
Let’s top up our coffees and reflect on what true freedom means….
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Happy Canada Day!
On July 1, Canadians celebrate their country. I love my country – Canada! …and I don’t know a Canadian who doesn’t. We are thankful for so many blessings that this nation gives us – its beauty, its industry, its social care (health care and education), its democracy…but most of all we are thankful for our freedom. We are free from war, free to speak, free to worship, free to dress as we like, and the list goes on and on. In Canada, we live peaceful lives of which I am very thankful, and on July 1st we celebrated this nation and all that it gives us with great joy and pride.
In the same way, we should celebrate the freedom we have in Christ. With great joy and pride we need to celebrate this ultimate freedom and peace that is ours. In Christ, we have freedom from the slavery and guilt of our sins, and ultimately, freedom from death and the peace in knowing that life eternal is ours. There is nothing that can take away that peace we have in Christ- “…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation!” (Romans 8:38b-39a) We should be singing from the rooftops and holding a celebration like no other.
No matter what may come to meet us on our life’s journey we can endure it in the security of knowing Christ has conquered any outcome – good or bad- that might come from it. In the good and peaceful times of our life we can rejoice in the blessings bestowed upon us. And in the spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological war zone times of our lives we can remind ourselves that, “I’m but a stranger here. Heaven is my home.” Yes! In Christ, Heaven – the eternal dwelling in the presence of God himself- is our ultimate country of origin. The country where “he will wipe every tear from [our] eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain…” (Revelation 21:4) We can walk securely in knowing that the pain and sorrow of life will pass. No matter what may plague us here and now, we can hold a smile in our hearts in knowing that it doesn’t have the power to take away our freedom and peace that we have in Christ, and his unrelenting love that he bestows upon us. We can be like Paul and Silas as they sang hymns in the midst of being in prison, for it is in our times of bondage when others truly see the joy and freedom we have. So today and every day may we celebrate…
Happy Heaven Day!!
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank-you for this country I call home! Be with our leaders that they may seek your will and serve us with wisdom and integrity. Help me to do my part in caring for this beautiful land that you created. Thank-you for the assurance that Heaven is my home through the redeeming work of Jesus, my Saviour. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!
Reflection: Take time to reflect on all the blessings your country gives you and give thanks for them. Take to the Lord in prayer any glaring issues that may be a burden to your country and trust God to be guiding the outcome for the good of the people and that the Lord may be glorified. Pray for your leaders. Then…Reflect on the depth of freedom you have in knowing that no earthly burden or trial can have any power over you, in Christ. Rejoice in that and maybe even have a little Happy Heaven Day celebration, even if it is just by yourself with your coffee….lol