Aches and Praise Six Hundred & Sixty Nine

July 5, 2024
Dear friends,  

I don’t know what things are like where you live, but in Chateauguay there is a detour on one of the main streets as road repairs are taking place. One of the neat things about taking a detour is that we may see places and things that we hadn’t seen before. In life, we may be surprised to learn what God has in store for us when changes come our way. Last month, I saw a neurologist in Montreal who has been following me since 2022. Driving up the street where Karen and I took our children to an AWANA club for many years brought back memories of Pastor Frank Humphrey, who led the Friday night activities in the gymnasium of the High School of Montreal.  Dr. Humphrey had a great love for the Lord and shared that love with the children who went to AWANA, as well as those who went to Peoples Church of Montreal. You can see him share his testimony at:

Little did I know on the way to see the neurologist that I would not be driving home.  Epileptic activity in my brain has made it necessary for me to refrain from driving. I am seeing things from the passenger seat that I hadn’t seen when I was behind the steering wheel.

In the July/August 2024 edition of “Faith Today” magazine, Lynda MacGibbon recalls taking a cab in Toronto nineteen years ago: “Emmanuel, the Toronto cabbie, didn’t appear entirely out of the blue. He was an answer to prayer. Before I met him I asked God for opportunities to share my faith, partly so I could convince myself I’d know what to say should anyone want me to explain it.

When I first climbed into Emmanuel’s cab, he pointed to the sign on the office building – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. ‘Are you a Christian?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied, and Emmanuel handed me a Bible, frayed and well thumbed.

‘Can you explain these verses to me?’ he asked. The Bible was open to Romans 5 with a bookmark in Acts 17. I explained, as well as I could in that astonishing moment, the concepts of grace, forgiveness, love and witness.

‘Does this make sense? Do you understand? I asked. And Emmanuel smiled in the rearview mirror and said, ‘Yes. I do.’” You can read the entire article at:

If you have never asked God’s forgiveness for your sins, you can do so today. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, so you would be wise to repent of your sins and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life so that we might live forever with Him in heaven.

Scripture for the weekend: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart – these, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 (NKJV)

Thought for the weekend: “Someday my earthly house will fall, I cannot tell how soon ‘twill be; but this I know – my All in All has now a place in heaven for me.” – Fanny Crosby


By His grace,