Message of hope from the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

Archbishop Linda Nicholls shares thoughts and reflections in this short video

In this short video message, Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls reflects on the challenges we are facing as individuals and as a community of faith during this time of pandemic. The light on the darkest days is our shared faith in Jesus Christ, and our practice of prayer brings us the gifts of stability and hope.

Drawing on examples from the past, times of hardship and fear during pandemics, wars and other disasters, Archbishop Linda reminds us of the power of our faith and the power of our community as we struggle to be together in any way that we can.

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  1. Glenn Empey on 5 November 2020 at 12:28 PM

    Thank you, Father Doug, for your apt reflections, including those about family and our parish family.

    Yes, indeed, the enduring Season of COVID is trying. I noted Archbishop Linda’s comments about the ‘six month hump’. I thought that was helpful in pacing ourselves. And I also noted your prescription for us in paying attention to maintain our physical and mental health during this time. Very sound counsel.

    Blessings and continued good health to you, your family and all in our parish family,


  2. Doug Woods on 5 November 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Thanks to you, Glenn, for posting this. Abp. Linda is right. This is hard

    I won’t even try to comment on the various points Abp. Linda makes, but I will say this: for me hope rests on being able to carve out even little things. I’d much rather see people in the flesh. That failing, there’s always FaceTime or Zoom. I like being together with my family, both natural and parish, even if it means we can’t really see each other’s faces because of those masks. It’s hopeful that we can still do some of the things we know we should; at St. Luke’s, that includes the Food Cupboard and the Thrift Shop.

    For me, several things are important in the midst of this upheaval: 1) Eating right helps me feel good. 2) Proper rest too. 3) I try to walk 4-5 km. every day; the exercise—and getting out of four walls—is invigorating and renewing. Along the way, I meet some of my neighbours—physically distanced, of course.

    Blessing to all. Keep up your prayer life—where God gives us hope.

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