Monday, April 29, 2013

Day of Mourning... I Will Not Fear...

As I wrote here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), yesterday was our Lord's day. 

In addition, it was another special day.  A day called the Day of Mourning (DoM).

Some people are not aware of what DoM represents.  Others do.

It is a day when those who have been killed or injured on the job, are remembered.  Here is a LINK to Wikipedia, so you can read about it, for yourself.

In various cities in Canada people, including those of injured worker and labour groups, celebrate the day in various ways.  Here in Windsor, those able to participate meet and walk to Reaume Park in Coventry Gardens, located on Riverside Dr. E., at Pillette Rd.

Most people familiar with that area recognize it as being where the Peace Fountain is located.  In the park, there is also a Canadian Labour Congress monument honouring injured and deceased workers.  This is where the walk/march ends and a ceremony takes place.

Unfortunately, even though I am an injured worker, and have been for many years, I did not attend.  Nor, do I normally.

I am a member of Injured Workers Coalition, here in Windsor. 

For me, with my walking limitation, I find it is too much physically for me to participate in the march/walk.  And, since there is not much nearby parking, there have been times when I couldn't find a place to park, close enough to allow me to attend the ceremony.  So, I don't even make an effort to attend, anymore.

My heart is with those participating, and with those who, like me, cannot attend.  At home, I mourn and pray for those being remembered, as my way of honouring the people on the day. 

They are truly not forgotten.  Hmmm... that reminds me about how I sang Twila Paris' song Not Forgotten recently, at my friend V's funeral.

Seriously, there are times when an injured worker can feel alone, and totally forgotten.  Especially, when they are suffering from injury and their lives have been affected.  Family and friends of those who died while working, sometimes feel that way, also.

How thankful I am that God loves us.  The Bible tells us so.  And, He doesn't ever leave us, alone.

God told us so in Hebrews 13:5-6, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

Anyone who has ever been through the experience of being an injured worker knows and understands that it is not easy being content, as they try to recover, physically and emotionally.  But, those who love God, will rely on Him... for everything in their lives.

How grateful I am that He is with us, always.  How grateful I am He is my helper, and yours, also. 

How grateful I am that because of His love, whether or not we are injured workers, we do not have to fear what man shall do to us.  Hallelujah!  Amen!

Until next time...

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