For All the Saints
“For all the saints who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confess, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest, Alleluia! Alleluia”
For many followers of Jesus, today is “All Saints’ Day”, a day set aside to remember the faithful who went before us. For me it is a day of reflection as I think of the individuals know longer with us; those who touched my life and helped mold me into the person I am today.
There was, of course, my parents who sacrificed much, said prayers with me every night of my childhood, and gave me unconditional love. A grandfather who chewed Day’s Work plug tobacco as he pushed me on a swing and another who would sneak chocolate covered raisins to me as we laid down for a nap. A coach who challenged me, Sunday school teachers who didn’t laugh at me when I stuttered as well as a minister who prayed for me and once spoke about a “vision.”
There were so many others. Each was a glimpse of grace. I know that you had them, too. Pause for a moment today, in the spirit of gratitude, and remember their touch–God’s touch–on your life.
“O blest communion, fellowship divine, We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.” Thank you for showing me the way. Amen.
From the hymn, “For All the Saints”