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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

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,