Well, being on the ground here in Montréal certainly still feels very surreal (you can get the whole story of how we got here on a blog that M and I will be launching soon!)
I get to hang out downtown today while M takes an Alpha training course. The first thing I did while being on the Métro on my own was to get off on the wrong stop. Ah well – it’s a crisp and beautiful day at 12 degrees, and so I didn’t mind the 40 minute walk to my actual destination, Café Noble. My cortado there did not disappoint!
As I walked, I tried to digest all the smells and sights of my new home. It was early, around 8:30, as I mapped my way through the city but I loved it. I know I’m biased as a morning person, but it’s so special to witness a person (or a city) waking up. The streets were very quiet and the Friday night smells were still scattered everywhere. I passed several churches during my walk, including the one pictured above, and as I walked I started to pray for the city.
Montréal is in need of the Gospel, and I know that Jesus longs to welcome people in Québec home. The verse that came to mind was from Matthew’s gospel, where Jesus says: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…” (23:37). I thought on Jesus’ longing here. How he seeks after those who are his own.
I don’t know what graffiti artist is running around Montréal with this tag, but I definitely saw this three times, so I finally decided to take a picture. On a day like this, the city is bright, but I sense and also have been told that much work needs to be done that light gets inside hearts which are closed to the Gospel. In any case, I’m glad for the welcome and am planning to stay a while.