Beloved Disciples of Christ scattered throughout Lake Country,
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).
In high school, I won good money for writing an essay about “Why Quebec Should Stay In Canada.” I was in an intense, nationalistic phase where anything and everything Canadian was my M.O. I loved my country and wore my flag with pride. Canada for me was all about unity-in-diversity.
I still love Canada. I’m less demonstrative about it, I guess, but I can see why Canada 150 is worth celebrating. However, I sympathize with those, particularly of indigenous background, who aren’t joining the celebrations and I am as conscious as ever that at home and abroad, we are not always as “peace-keeping” as many think (even though we just won the #1 most reputable country in the world—see http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/29/canada-most-reputable-country-reputation-reptrak_a_23008482/).
When we sing our national anthem and pray “God, keep our land glorious and free,” may we have a glimmer in our minds of what King David saw – a land filled with life, where the greatest thing to celebrate is the goodness of the LORD.
Peace to you and your neighbourhoods,