Scripture: Heb. 11:32–12:2
Key verse: (12.1a) We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…”
Reflection: On All Saints Day, we celebrate the people in our lives who enable us to see God, encourage us in our faith or push us to realize our own potential. These saints, through their faith, have led us to the One who offered and continues to offer us unconditional love and amazing grace. The writer of Hebrews refers to these as, “a mighty cloud of witnesses.”
Frederick Buechner reminds us that as, “we celebrate the saints in our lives, it is not just the saints of the church we should remember — but all the foolish ones and wise ones, the shy ones and overbearing ones, the broken ones and whole ones, the tosspots and crackpots of our lives who in one way or another have been our particular fathers and mothers and saints, and whom we loved without knowing we loved them and by whom we were helped to whatever little we may have or ever hope to have of some kind of seedy sainthood of our own. “
One of my saints inspired me to join her in an All Saint’s Day ritual. The ritual is simple, it involves writing your saint to thank them for who they are and what they mean to you. If that saint has died, I send the letter to the closest relative so they know their loved one is not forgotten.
Who has made their way into your faith family and you realize is one of your saints? Who have you loved without knowing you loved them? Who is the person that guided you through the hard questions of faith and guided you closer to God? Consider writing them a letter and thank them for being one of your saints.
Prayer: God of the faithful and the broken, you teach us to love our enemies, to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who persecute us, to turn the other cheek, to share our possessions, to give to those who are in need, and to do to others as we would have them do to us. Thank you for the company of blessed saints who taught us and continue to teach us what it means to follow you. May I also love so others around me see the gospel proclaimed. In Jesus Christ our Lord I pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].