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Psalm 91:4b – Under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (NIV)

We are constantly bombarded with news of disasters, destruction, and the erosion of human values. The world gives "fear" a name with the right to live amongst all of us everywhere we turn. But God's Word tells us we are to live in love — and not in fear.

Recently, we travelled to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, by train. We hadn't been on a train for more than nineteen years, so we did have some misgivings. Also, Montreal had recently been in the news for a disturbance that had made headlines, creating more hesitation in making the trip. We wondered how we would be received because we couldn't speak French. We prayed, however, and felt that this was God's plan for us — so off we went on our adventure.

And what an adventure it turned out to be! Everyone we met was extremely patient with our lack of French language and offered us the hand of friendship — on the train, at the hotel, and even when walking down the streets of that wonderful city of history and elegance. Montreal is indeed a city of extremes: from poverty and homelessness, to the arts and history that have been preserved through the architecture and the timelessness of the culture. The dining experiences were amazing! We smiled and accepted correction when we ordered the wrong item, and asked for directions repeatedly.

Then came the last phase of our journey. We were driving back to Nova Scotia by car. Rather, I was sitting calmly by, while my husband — who had never driven a five-speed or even a stick-shift in over forty years — did the driving. Our son took us across the bridge and showed us exactly which route to follow. I wrote down everything that our son said, and early the next morning, we ventured out onto the bridge leaving Montreal. But we knew we weren't travelling alone. God's mighty hand was guiding us along that bridge, the highway, and all the way home. We refused to allow fear a foothold.

Will we visit Montreal again? Sure we will — why not? We will visit our son, walk in strange places, and experience another very different way of life. But we will never go alone, because we will be guided and protected by His hands and filled with His love — as we have another adventure to Montreal or anywhere. Praise God for His constant presence!

Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord and Guide, wherever we travel outside our homes this day, allow us to walk in Your steps as You keep us safe, protected, and filled with Your love. May we always know beyond a doubt that we are never alone. We are Your children! Thank You. Amen.

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