From Sea to Shining Sea

by Jan Cox

Canada Day – July 1, 2011

Hopefully when you read this my hubby and I will be in Ottawa (Canada’s capital), celebrating Canada Day from our boat in the Rideau Canal. We are taking our first trip on the Rideau and are very excited.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (Kate) and Prince William (Will) are visiting Canada on that day. Will we catch a glimpse?

Canada, founded in 1867 – is my country. I like everything about it; our freedom, our natural resources, our government, and our people.

Ed Hird wrote a book called Battle for the Soul of Canada, Raising up the Emerging Generation of LeadersIn it he gives story snippets of people who made Canada what it is today. It is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I learned more history in this little book than all through my schooling.

Hird says that is works on several levels, explaining that his primary target audience is spiritual seekers.

His secondary focus is providing a guide to ‘raising up Timothys’ or leaders of tomorrow, based on the devotional commentary on letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy in the New Testament. “Drawing on First and Second Timothy in the Bible, I would say they are the most practical leadership manuals ever written in history. I drew on the wisdom of the two books as the framework and model for our generations,” says Hird.

A third feature is born out of Hird’s passion for Canadian history. One of the common themes is looking at people in the Canadian past and looking at them as metaphors for the future, says Hird. He includes the stories of Canadians, such as Louis Riel, Simon Fraser, and Sir Alexander Mackenzie.

This book can help as we pray for Canada. If you haven’t read this book – I encourage you to do so.

For other posts on praying for our country and its leaders:

Praying for Governments

Supplications for Governing Authorities

Prayers for Governing Authorities

Intercessions for Governing Authorities


A beautiful prayer for Canada


Thank You, Lord, for Canada. Please watch over our country, our government and our land. Help us to lift our leaders to You. Help us to know that You are the one who is the true Head of all the earth. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week.

  • Write! Canada conference – my friend can come
  • Summer is here in Ontario (although today’s rain might change my mind)
  • Lessons from Oswald Chambers (June 9)
  • Anticipation of seeing my grandchildren
  • Capris that fit
  • God connection – A Holy moment
  • Snowball in the sink getting a bath
  • Snowball shaking all over
  • Delightful tellers at the bank
  • Great on-line friends


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.