Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12
Key verse: (12) Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Reflection: In this adventure of faith, we each have people we encounter who enable us to see God, encourage us in our faith or push us to realize and affirm our potential. They live their faith and empower us to do the same. These people lead us to the One who offered and continues to offer us unconditional love and amazing grace. The Sermon on the Mount emphasizes the flourishing and contentment of followers who might not be regarded as “saintly”.
Today, on All Saints Day, I remember those in my life who have challenged me to find contentment under God’s rule rather than normal social conventions. Who are the saints in your life that you celebrate and remember today?
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. “
Who is someone you need to celebrate this All Saint’s Day? Consider writing them a letter and thank them for touching your life.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the saints who have gone before us and the saints who live in our midst. May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love. 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].