Jesus is My Stronghold — Even in Hockey
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (II Corinthians 3:17)
In an earlier post, I wrote about my hockey suspension. Now that it is over, I feel good about moving forward. So much so that in my first three games after coming back to the game, I have scored 9 points. I didn’t get any penalties in my first game but in the second, I got two points in a 5-2 loss against Morell. I got 3 three goals in a 4-0 win against Souris where I got the player game. In our most recent game, I got 4 points with a goal and 3 assists with a 4-4 tie with Charlottetown. Our next game was supposed to be today against Georgetown but it was canceled because of the snow storm. This means that our next game is in Montague on Tuesday.
After that we play Pownal on Friday and then Pownal again Saturday. It may be Christmas hustle and bustle week but there is still lots of hockey to play. And hockey doesn’t end because of the holidays. In fact, after Christmas we play in our home tournament known in our area as the George Trainor Tournament. We normally play three games at this time. Players are always hopeful that the team will play well and that we will make crossovers. This is important.
After Christmas, our division splits into tiers. Tier one consists of the strongest teams and tier two the weaker teams. The purpose of the tiers is to let the weaker teams have their own provincials while giving them a chance to be more competitive. So far I am happy with my play. In total, I have 11 points and two penalty minutes (and if you count my suspension, I have 110 minutes ;)) That is awesome results for any hockey player in my league.
But it isn’t me alone, and even though it is easy for me to become proud of my hockey accomplishments (particularly when my team couldn’t score a single goal when I was under suspension) I also need to remember that I am not successful on my own. I have a Lord who blesses me in all my endeavours but also gives me strength to move forward in the days ahead. Thank you Jesus!