When the mountains shake

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea….God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved” – Psalm 46.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Ottawa, a mountain shook, both literally and figuratively.

The mountain was Parliament Hill.  The shaking occurred when a gunman entered the Parliament building and started firing, after first killing a Canadian soldier at the nearby War Memorial.

The repercussions of that mountain shaking may  be significant.  As the headline in the next day’s Hamilton Spectator put it, “Canada will never be the same.”

How do people of faith understand it when the mountains on which they build their legislatures, and their lives, shake?

The Psalmist and the prophets of Israel talked about mountains shaking, and we will reflect on their words in our worship on Sunday, October 26.  In brief:  they assure us that God, who sometimes instigates the shaking, is still in control of the world, and that God provides our ultimate security.

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