A Time Of Remembrance
This week perhaps you have already been preparing. The decorating of houses, the buying of candy, the putting together of a costume is all in preparation for Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve. As the Church, we have been preparing this week as well for the festival of All Saints Sunday, where we celebrate and remember the saints of every time and place. Saints. Who are the saints? Where are the saints? How does one go about becoming a saint? Usually when the word saint is mentioned we think of the holiest dead persons we can imagine. That might be our biblical hero of the faith like the disciples, Abraham, Joseph, David, or Moses. It might be saints like Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It might even be those saints you grew up with like a grandmother, or Mrs. Tuttle your Sunday school teacher, or your middle school soccer coach. Saints are those persons past, present, and future that have devoted their lives to following God and the call of Jesus Christ. Saints come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes and span every generation.
As you take time this week to prepare for All Hallow’s Eve I would invite you to work in some time for remembering and celebrating the saints whose faith transformed the world. Perhaps with family or friends tell the stories of those saints that have passed away as well as those living. Remember and give thanks for the saints that gave their life for the faith, for those persons whose dedication to God shaped our own faith, and for the present and future saints whom God is transforming now. This Sunday, we will read the names of the saints from our church family that have joined the Church triumphant, and we will remember and give thanks for their witness to the faith. I know that I need the witness of the Saints to be reminded of the stories of humility, sacrifice, and the power of God to transform this world. Take a moment before Sunday to give thanks for the saints who have come before us, as well as those around us and among us. Who are the saints that have shaped your life and world? What kind of saint is God calling you to become? I hope to see you at the table this Sunday as we gather with the saints of past, present, and future to share in a holy meal.
Rev. Colin Snider