God will bring us through this ordeal

It has been a most unusual Lent and Easter.

Though we were unable to gather to celebrate this most Holy Day, we could watch service on TV or social media (even in our pjs). For fifty days we are still in the Easter season – let us be joyous!

The Bible says our bodies are God’s temples and as such we can still give him praise and adoration even though the church buildings are closed. We patiently wait for those doors to reopen so we can congregate together and offer praise and thanksgiving to him for our many blessings.

After planning our ACW Diocesan Annual Conference for a year, it was a major disappointment to have to cancel this event. Many of us look forward to this spiritual time each year. I always returned home uplifted and refreshed. Sitting in the Cathedral and listening to one hundred fifty or more voices raised in song and praise of our Lord is a most spiritual and rewarding experience. I hope and pray I may be able to enjoy these conferences for many more years.

Since joining and becoming active in the ACW, I have learned so much, and my faith has been strengthened more than I ever thought possible. I have had the privilege of meeting and working with so many talented generous and wonderful ladies. I have been honoured to work alongside ladies from the local church, the deanery, the diocese, and nationally. We communicate our different ideas to help improve the ACW and the churches many of which are struggling financially. We hear the ideas that work and those that do not. We try to implement the positive ideas to see what will work in our churches.

Church of the Ascension, Windsor is blessed to be financially stable and has five clergy – three are retired but still participate in the services, especially Archdeacon Ron Matthewman who will soon be 90. Our rector is Rev. Canon Lance Smith, and our deacon Fred Eldridge who are both active. We are very blessed to have so many caring clergy.

Although we are separated, we are still together in all the good and unselfish things people are doing for each other as God wants us to do.

When we remain true to God, he will lead us through every barrier. God will bring us through this ordeal and give us a better understanding of himself. This is a time when we need our faith to shine through brightly and mightily.

I live directly across the street from Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette campus emergency room. It has been very noisy but uplifting to hear and see all the tributes to our first responders. Parades of vehicles pass by honking horns and waving “thank you” signs.

The first two parades were old classic cars. The next group was Canada Post trucks, then at least 150 vehicles waving flags and honking horns. A few days later a procession of tow trucks that clear away accidents and mechanical breakdowns passed by sounding their airhorns. One Sunday a long parade of vehicles flying Canadian flags expressed their appreciation as did the school buses…

Let us keep in our prayers all those afflicted with COVID-19, al the nurses, doctors, paramedics, police officers and fire fighters, those working in grocery stores, the truckers bringing our food and supplies, all who are on the front lines. We give to you a huge and very sincere “thank you” and we will keep you in our prayers for your health and safety and many blessing for all your loving care of others. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Barbara Jackson, Vice-president
ACW Diocesan Council