By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.
Do you recall my post on the “Good News for British Columbia” booklet? Well, I have a small update.
When I was out on errands this afternoon, I found another copy of the booklet. As you may recall, this was a “Good News Bible” Gospel of Mark issued in 1971 to tie in with the 100th anniversary of B.C. joining Canada. Now copies are thin on the ground and hard to find.
This new copy to me, however, has a blurb on the back cover which explicitly makes the tie to marking the 100 years.
I’d like to reproduce the blurb in full below, in case you are curious.
SCRIPTURES FOR ’71
BRITISH COLUMBIA CENTENNIAL
One hundred years ago, our Province joined the Confederation and became part of the great Dominion of Canada. In this Centennial Year we have reason to give thought to the Scriptures. For they have been the foundation upon which our freedoms have been built. Our freedom and prosperity are worthy of our thanksgiving to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all life.
The familiar “Beautiful British Columbia” is certainly appropriate, for wherever we look we see nature, the handiwork of God, arrayed in magnificent splendor. For this we thank God.
Many years ago in another land and to another people and appeal was made that is applicable for us in our Centennial celebrations: “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which he has given you. Beware that you forget not the Lord your God.” Deut 8:10-11 What God has done for us in love demands our thanksgiving.
In the activities of life, and in this year’s Centennial celebrations may we take time to read th Scriptures and find in them the Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.