June 27, 2022
The day I post this it will be Canada Day. Happy Canada Day to my friends and family who are proudly Canadian. 🇨🇦 🇨🇦 🍁 🍁 🇨🇦 🇨🇦
We’re very fortunate to be part of a country that is home to so many people of various backgrounds. We’re also very fortunate to have the many freedoms we do in our beautiful, diverse nation.
This morning the words True North came to mind as I came away from some Ginny Owens music I’d been enjoying. (See videos at end of post.)
Why True North? I was thinking of direction and guidance. I was inspired to write a poem about God being my True North. As I thought about these words, I realized that I may not have a clear understanding of what these words truly mean. I was thinking of our national anthem. How does True North apply? Why is Canada referred to as the True North?
First, I came across an interesting article. If you’re curious about the politics behind what True North means to Canada and how it has changed as it’s leadership has switched hands, have a read.
I was more focused, however, on the original meaning of True North in our anthem and Tennyson’s poem referencing these words. So I dug a little deeper.
What does True North mean in the English version of the anthem “O Canada”?
True North was borrowed from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem in which he refers to Canada as “That True North whereof we lately heard” in reference to its loyalty to Queen Victoria. It does not mean the North Pole or the real north, implying that the northern lands of other countries are false. It is the use of true in its other context of meaning loyal or faithful, as, for example, lovers are described as “true to each other.” The line of the anthem is describing Canada as loyal to the Crown: “With glowing hearts we see thee rise,/ The True North strong and free!”
From Now You Know Canada by Doug Lennox ©2017. Published by Dundurn Press.
After reading the words above, the direction of my poem shifted from God’s sure and trusted guidance, to my own faithfulness as a follower of Jesus: my King. It works both ways though. When we need guidance, following Jesus always directs us True North.
Lord, I want to be True North
Strong and Free!
Loyal to my King
My Savior— to Thee.
Grounded and guarded
Patriotic— as our flag flies.
Strong and free!
Lord, my Creator
Breathe new life into me
Devoted to my calling
Confident of my beliefs.
Steadfast and forbearing
I take up my armor…
Strong and free!
Faithful to the end
To my True Country and King.
June 27, 2022
We are Citizens of Heaven. For Jesus is our Savior, God and King
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”John 18:36
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.Hebrews 13:14
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” …Revelation 21:1-27