So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

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Do Not Be Afraid

The First World War of 1914-1918 was the bloodiest conflict in Canadian history, taking the lives of nearly 61,000 Canadians. It erased romantic notions of war, introducing slaughter on a massive scale, and instilled a fear of foreign military involvement that would last until the Second World War. The great achievements of Canadian soldiers on battlefields such as Ypres, Vimy, and Passchendaele, however, ignited a sense of national pride and a confidence that Canada could stand on its own, apart from the British Empire, on the world stage.

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Very early on in my school experience, I learned something very important – have friends who are bigger and stronger than you and keep them close. I don’t ever remember being bullied in school or picked on. Having Mark as a friend, who had moved from Finland when he was nine and become the centre on our high school football team, no doubt helped. In a spiritual sense, we have no reason to fear. We have a God who promises His abiding presence with us. Through the prophet, God gives this promise in Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” The promise here is one of the strongest in the Bible. God promises to uphold us with His righteous right hand. The concept of the right hand is critical – the right hand in Scripture is a picture of authority and power. When you keep yourself close to God, by His unique authority He will protect you.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley