With last night’s 6-1 victory over Salmon Arm, the 2015-16 regular season is now in the rear view mirror, and it’s time for the most fun al all…. the playoffs! I must say that I am so very proud of our team and what they have accomplished. I can honestly say that this group of players has meshed together as well as any team that I have seen. I have been impressed with how everyone has determined to get on the same page, especially since the Christmas break.
I am enjoying our new Warriors tradition of holding the Awards Ceremony at centre ice immediately following the final regular season home game. It certainly gives more fans an opportunity to watch the proceedings, rather than asking everyone to attend a separate banquet style occasion. It was my privilege after the game to present 4 awards: the Humanitarian Award to Rylan Yaremko, the 3 Star Award to Jonathan Desbiens, the Best Defenceman was split between Rylan Yaremko and Nick Rutigliano, and the Chaplaincy Program Award to Captain Kyle Marino. Our Captain has been a great encouragement to me in the Chaplaincy Program, and is always ready to encourage all the guys to come out. We rarely have players miss out on Warriors chapels, and I’m thankful to Kyle for that. Next week will be our final regularly scheduled Warriors chapel, (I’m hoping to add a few more due to a long playoff run…) My topic that day will be Unity. Unity does not necessarily mean Uniformity. We are not all designed or made to be exactly the same. We have different strengths and weaknesses, different personalities and different tastes. All those differences are great, and they make us wonderfully diverse. What brings unity is the absence of selfish motivation and of territorialism. As the saying goes, “It is absolutely amazing what can be accomplished if we don’t care who gets the credit.” That is Unity.
As Christian, I believe that unity is so very important, coming together under a common cause, humbling ourselves to a great task and looking past our own private agendas. I find that as humans, that is not easy for us to do, in fact it might be one of the most difficult tasks of all. Personally, I am sure of this; I need the strength of the Lord to make that choice. It is only then, by that Grace that the whole becomes greater than the sum of it’s parts. And I believe that is what it takes….. as we come to Playoff Time!!
With great respect, and in faith,