Rainbows of HOPE & COVID-19

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I know COVID-19 has led to a long journey so far, and let’s face it, it’s been a long 2020 so far.  In Newfoundland, where I live with my family, we’ve already experienced unprecedented amounts of snow, and have already experienced a weather-related State of Emergency.  So, as we experience COVID-19, some are experiencing sickness, some have lost employment, or are simply worried about what tomorrow looks like. No one can blame you for being overwhelmed. I’m sure all of us have had moments over the past few days that have been filled with concern.

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That’s normal. It’s ok…

Our family has tried to limit activity to what we need to do (ie. Work and Groceries). I cautiously stepped into Costco this week. I felt like I needed to pray before I went in; it was probably the strangest experience I’ve ever had. Once I started putting things in my cart, something felt eerie. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, until it dawned on me – it was strangely quiet. There were plenty of people around, but you could hear footsteps and employee radios. Suspicion was on everyone’s face; a single cough would grant you the right-of-way pretty quick. Even though employees acted very professionally, with extra cleaning, and offering Lysol wipes for wiping down your cart, uncertainty and concern was very evident. It’s normal. It’s ok.

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Keep your head up, Canada… Don Cherry is Incorrectly Correct

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Don Cherry did it again — he said something controversial and off-colour. Only this time, his comments reached far and wide and well outside ‘hockey-nation.’ This isn’t really a typical blog topic for me, but the concept of ‘free speech’ is definitely present in this conversation and that topic continues to be connected to faith as well.

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I had a professor in Seminary who claimed to once pastor Don Cherry in his congregation. I have no reason to think he didn’t, as he used to share how Don Cherry would pick apart his sermons in typical hockey-commentary fashion after each service he attended.

So, in Cherry’s honour, let me give you three points to consider regarding the Don Cherry chaos:

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Sunday’s Coming BUT Today is Good Friday

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It’s Easter weekend and it’s when we remember and celebrate how Jesus paid the price for our sin. The season starts with celebration (Palm Sunday) and ends with celebration (Easter Sunday). What happens in the middle of the season, however, doesn’t always get the same attention as it should. Good Friday is when we stop and reflect on the price Jesus paid for all of us.

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I often hear, “It’s Good Friday, BUUUT Sunday is coming!”

Ever hear that? Ever say that yourself?

I don’t blame anyone for saying it or thinking that way, however, if that’s our focus, we usually miss the significance of Good Friday.

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Ryan Poehling’s Response to His First NHL Game

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I’m a hockey fan. A Montréal Canadiens fan, to be exact. Now, before all you Hab haters stop reading, give me a chance. What I’m about to share really has nothing to do with my unwavering commitment to the Canadiens, and everything to do with a rookie’s view of a highly successful first game in the NHL. The game may have meant very little to 2018-2019 season; however, in my opinion, it meant EVERYTHING to the start of Ryan Poehling’s NHL career.

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The Best Ways to Make an Impact!

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I know most of us want to make an impact. I also know most of us have limited resources to do so. But that doesn’t mean we all can’t make a positive impact. Unfortunately, because our impact may be ‘small,’ I think we sometimes just sit back and let others take care of it. Maybe we convince ourselves that there really isn’t a need, or that my few dollars can’t really do much. To that, I say – “We have to open our eyes.” There are needs all around us. Some big, some small, some global, some local. If we all strategically come together to make a difference, we could actually make an impact everywhere.

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