Operation Provident

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Confederation Park, Stoney Creek: the edge of earth and water, the place where (of late) creative juices flow, the site of a (closed-for-the-season) campground office, whose dusk-light glow is accented by the shadow of a gas meter, weeds, and an intriguing sticker.

So… about those Reformed doctrinal standards…

"God’s providence is His almighty and ever present power, whereby, as with His hand, He still upholds heaven and earth and all creatures, and so governs them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, indeed, all things, come to us not by chance but by His fatherly hand."
… Heidelberg Catechism, 1563

This being one of the many platitudes I had to memorize as a child, it has left an indelible mark on the way I interpret this sticker.

… And now for another exegesis, this one by the Hamilton Police Service:

Operation Provident assists businesses with advice about the protection of property and in identifying various objects in case of theft.

Using this system, a business will be allotted a unique sequential number. Simply contact your police for information on joining Operation Provident and a number will be assigned along with information on program implementation.

This national numbering system will assist any police officer in the country to quickly determine the ownership of recovered property through the police computer system.

A provident number is issued to the firm and a record of this along with the firm’s name is kept in the computer file for easy identification.

Metal items can be marked with etching equipment, which may be borrowed from the Community Policing Centres.

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