I praise and worship God for the way He protected my daughter this past Saturday. Both her brother and she have volunteered to work the Christmas kettles for the Salvation Army this year. She was placed on Saturday in front of the Bay, one of Montreal’s largest department stores downtown. That day there also happened to be a huge demonstration against global warming so there was quite a few people there.
Near the end of the afternoon she was startled by what she thought was very large fire crackers going off. She turned and saw a man firing a gun in her direction five feet away. He fired the gun seven times and she saw another man fall. Then the man who did the shooting ran away laughing hysterically. She said many people were running and screaming and she herself ran behind a building. When she came back out from behind the building she saw that the man who was shot was moving and talking on his cell phone. She called me on her cell phone. She was very shaken by what she had just witnessed. I prayed with her and told her to call the man in charge of the kettles to send someone to get her. As I was talking to her the police and ambulance arrived. It turned out the man had just been shot in the leg.
As she was waiting for the pick-up, she called the wife of our senior pastor. She also prayed with her and one the things the pastor’s wife prayed was that God would wrap His arms around her and give Melodie a hug. No sooner had she prayed that then a woman was a Mel’s side asking her if she needed a hug. She accepted it and the woman suggested Mel talk to the police. The police came over and took her statement. They said they have several witnesses and have a pretty good description of the man who did the shooting. Afterwards the woman and another man helped her carry the kettle down some stairs to where her lift would be arriving. As Mel was leaving the woman said I’m glad that both you and the man are ok and then added "God is so good" to which Mel replied: "Yes, He is so very good." Mel turned to leave and then turned back to say goodbye but the woman had disappeared. I told Mel when she got home that if she didn’t want to help with the kettles anymore she didn’t have to and no one was going to look down on her if she quit. She told me she doesn’t want to quit and she is determined to see it through.
Several questions beg to be asked. There were seven bullets fired and one hit a man in the leg. What happened to the other six? The sidewalk was crowded with Christmas shoppers and yet the bullets missed everyone else. Angels? Was the woman who stepped up to my daughter to give her a hug at the very moment there was a prayer asking for one an angel? Or was it simply a believer who happened to be in the right place at the right time? I don’t know. All I do know is that God protected my little girl and I am so very, very thankful and like Melodie I also say God is so very good.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16
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