Yesterday was exciting. We went to Oshawa and I became a Canadian citizen! I worked out my issues regarding saying the oath ahead of time (always a good idea). I decided that if Paul gave instructions from the Lord that the people of his time were to submit to governing authorities, the Romans, who were notoriously corrupt and impure, then my first test of submission to Canadian authorities was to take this oath that they required of me even if I don't agree with how the monarchy came into power and what it has become. I am at peace with that decision.
It was a really neat ceremony, presided over by a judge. I'd never been in a working courtroom before. We had to stand up when the judge entered and exited. He was quite personable and gave a little speech on the significance of this day in each of our lives. I thought to myself that while this was an action mainly of convenience for me for many of the people there it was a life-changing event. He read off a list of all the countries that were represented, and there were at least 30. As he read some of the country names, I knew that some of the stories behind these new Canadians involved being refugees and fleeing their countries of origin. Becoming Canadian was vitally important to many there. I feel doubly blessed to not only be Canadian, but American as well- does it get any better than that? God's grace. Dennis and the girls came along. The girls were well behaved- thank You, Lord! It was also really great that Brenda, Patti and the girls were there to witness it! Thank you for coming, guys!