Amsterdam has such a big problem with bicycles being thrown into the city’s canals that it is a full time job fishing them out to redeem them. Every day a crew patrols the canals in a boat with a large claw attached. They dredge the bottom of the canal pulling in the bikes and other items that wind up in the canals. The tradition of throwing things away in the canals dates back a long way in Amsterdam, but after 1860 the people began to make an effort to keep them clean. Diane Kleinhout a spokesperson for the agency tasked with keeping the canals clean says the bicycles and other items had stacked up high enough to scrap the bottom of boats, so the agency was hired to clean them out. The agency estimates they pull 15,000 bicycles out of the canals each year, and all of them are recycled and redeemed. Kleinhout said, “I joined them lasted week and we found a real professional camera, and a sign for traffic and a scooter. It was a nice catch of the day.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.
Psalm 44:26 (NKJV) (26) Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies' sake.