If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:9-10 (NIV) Even There Because of its often-frigid winters, Winnipeg is not always considered at the top of places to visit.…

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If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. Psalm 139:8 (NIV) You Are There In the planetware.com website on the 17 best places to visit in Canada, most are Canada’s largest cities and most popular tourist sites. An exception is Tofino, British…

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Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 (NIV) Where Can I Go? The website planetware.com has a list of the 17 best places to go in Canada. They include St. John’s Newfoundland. Here is what they say about this city: “In Canada’s far eastern province of Newfoundland…

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Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Psalm 139:6 (NIV) Too Lofty Tuberculosis is still a big problem In Canada, with 1,700 cases of the infectious disease being found every year—the vast majority of them in the northern or Inuit communities. Back in 2018, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott…

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You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 (NIV) Hemmed In In the mid-eighteenth century, France controlled the largest part of the North American continent. A Catholic, French-speaking society of 55,000 was centred in the cities of Quebec and Montreal, in the fortress of Louisbourg, spread thinly…

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Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:4 (NIV) Before I Speak The website International Language Academy Canada explains to new Canadians and visitors what the term “eh” means.  It says “Eh is also used as a question tag to reinforce the listener’s interest or agreement. By adding Eh at the…

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You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:3 (NIV) Familiar With All My Ways Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, in a speech to the House of Commons in 1936, made a statement that has become a familiar description of Canada: “We are fortunate both…

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You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:2 (NIV) Perceiving My Thoughts In 1992, geographer George J. Demko said, “By the year 2000, more people will live in the cities of Calcutta and Greater Bombay than in all of Canada.” That same year, Wade Davis, ethnobotanist…

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You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. Psalm 139:1 (NIV) Searched and Known Since its birth 153 years ago, Canada has been searching for its identity. In 1972 CBC radio show host Peter Gzowski opened a competition to find a Canadian equivalent to the phrase “as American as apple pie.” The winning submission…

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