God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

In Trouble

Thousands of Canadians are in trouble globally, imprisoned in more than 85 countries around the world. If you are a Canadian who is detained or imprisoned in another country, you may be at a disadvantage because you may not be familiar with the local judicial system, culture and language. Prison conditions there are probably more severe than in Canada. You might be far away from your family and friends, and they may have to carry a heavy financial and emotional burden as they try to support you.

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If you’ve ever been camping or hiking and are caught in a thunderstorm, you know what a blessing it is to find a cave or other place of shelter from the storm. Finding a refuge in the midst of the storm is one of the great blessings of life. That is true if the storm is weather-related or not. The Psalmist understood this and wrote in Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” There is a very tender scene in The Sound of Music when during a thunderstorm the children run into Julie Andrew’s room out of fear. They find there a place of refuge and we get to hear the song “My Favourite Things.” The Psalmist points us to the Lord when storms come our way. In His presence, there is a real sense of God’s peace and in His presence, there is help in times of trouble. How often have His children found this to be true. How often have we run to the Lord in the midst of a storm and found Him to welcome us and draw us close.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley