This Sunday is All Saints Day on the church calendar. Each year when this day comes along, I pause to remember some of the Saints that have passed through my life. The names come flowing, like a spring bubbling over. Mr. T. Howard Price, Mrs. Thompson, Albert Gringrich, Nancy White, Sam Coffey and Earl Martin. Each of these saints, and many more have been woven into my life, each a part of my journey of Faith.
It also causes me to be aware that just as they were there in my life, so I am there in the lives of sisters and brothers in the body of Christ in their journey. At a gathering of fellow clergy, a while back I mentioned that I would like to be able to go back to that first appointment to capture the missed opportunities that I had not taken. I was reminded that our lives fit together and build God’s Kingdom, missed opportunities included.
All of this lets me know once again, that a journey of faith in not a solitary thing, but one made within the body of Christ, the Church. Just as I pause and remember those no longer with me, I also remember those who are here now and look forward to those yet to come.
As we worship this Sunday, look around the congregation, remember the saints God has surrounded you with, those with you this Sunday, those who are not, and those yet to come.
Holy God, thank you for the Saints you have woven into our lives. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!