Oh, Canada! What were you thinking?

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It’s sad to witness how Canadian choices unfolded in dramatic ways last night.  Sorry, your guys lost the Stanley cup, but come on Canada,  we hoped for better.

Granted, I don’t have much room to talk, since I live in the Los Angeles area; home to multiple post game riots, post-game beatings, regular riots, and gang shootings.  Some how I thought people were wise enough not to see Los Angeles as a mentoring model on life.  I guess I was wrong.

Last night Vancouver broke out in riots, when the local Canucks failed to win hockey’s Stanley Cup in a game seven match up.  For a country whose national sport is hockey, I get the disappointment.

It’s understandable to feel frustration when your guys fail to complete the task in the way you’ve dreamed.  But, does it mean we must expect destruction and damage from energetic fans?  Come on people, get a life!  It’s a game, isn’t it? Or is it a deeper problem?

We’ve seen it here too.  At a Dodger baseball game, a zealous fan received a beating in the parking lot.  The justice system desires to right the wrong, but this is a heart issue which jail-time won’t solve.  And clearly, it’s contagious.  Now the nice Canadians are doing it.

It’s enough to make the average onlooker get ticked off and want to break something.  But has that solved the problem?

If expressing our anger helps us feel better, we should be seeing peaceful waving of flowers in the streets, but instead cars get tipped and fire thrown, because of the anger and hatred seething beneath our collective surface.

What’s the alternative?

You’re going to think I’m some sort of wacko, but what if, we choose to forgive. 

I know it’s a radical thought, but correct me if I’m wrong here.  It seems as if the riots and beatings are some expression of entitlement.  We feel slighted by life, and want to lash out, because we think we deserve better.  I say “we” because we all do it in some way.

Canadians live and breathe hockey, the idea that some Boston upstarts could come in and take away their trophy ticked people off.  My thought is they felt entitled.  They wanted to do something, anything, to express their anger at a loss of what should be theirs.

This mark on peaceful Canada’s reputation shows the way we all feel when our lives don’t work the way we want.  We sit on the freeway stuck by gridlock and find ourselves yelling out the window to the other guy, who’s equally stuck but he’s the only one we see.  He gets the brunt of our emotions.

We need to forgive the people who slowed down our day.  We need to forgive the obnoxious fan, who chose his words unwisely.  We need to forgive the stupid Bruins, who took the Stanley cup.  We need to forgive all those other people who’ve said the wrong thing at the wrong time and added to our personal pile of junk, which just became too heavy to carry and we exploded.    We need to forgive ourselves for not succeeding where we think we should.

We need to forgive Canada for a moment which we’ve lived previously.  I guess we really are all human.

For those of us who’ve heard or said the Lord’s prayer, one section speaks to this dilemma:

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  Matthew 6: 12 

Jesus brought forgiveness and hope to those of us who haven’t seen that personally.  His forgiveness enables us to forgive, and He asks us to pass it on to others.

My choice today:

I choose to believe in the possibility of forgiveness, and seek it out, and not wallow in my own self-loathing and self-pity. 

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