Today’s Author: Kory Roe
On November 7, as in previous years, you will see the sanctuary draped in the names of those who have passed away. We recognize and celebrate All Saints Day to remember those who have gone before us and the cherished loved ones we have lost. This year, as our family added a few new names to that list, I was humbled to sit back and reflect on how my life was forever changed by these loving individuals. Some family, some close friends, but all the same in that they are now considered Saints. They have joined the companies. And what a powerful picture that is when you take the time to sit in that visual.
Ephesians 1:3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
I find peace and comfort in knowing that my loved ones have joined the Companies of Heaven. And, while I would love to sit with them for another holiday or family dinner, to know that living out their lives in their faith has allowed them the ultimate gift of eternal life, is something words will never do justice. To be Holy is to be a Saint. You are a Saint, and you are Holy because YOU have been CHOSEN by God. You, in all of your sin and error are destined for Sainthood. God does not call us to be perfect, he calls us to live righteously.
Let us Pray-
Lord of Creation, You amaze us in all that you do. You have gifted us the peace of knowing that our place on this earth is not our forever home. Be with those of us who are mourning and cover us in your peace. Watch over us and guide our lives so that we, too, may live out our faith each day. Keep our hearts open to accepting new paths, new directions, and new destinations that you have placed before us. Hold close our departed loved ones until the time comes that we can celebrate with them, again. We thank you for family, friends, and relationships that allow us to mourn. To mourn greatly is to mean that we have loved deeply. Thank you for loving us so deeply and giving us the opportunity to show that same love to others. Amen.
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