After all the excitement of Halloween (All Hallows Eve) most of us are unaware of the following day:
“ALL SAINTS DAY” which is, in fact, a day of far greater significance.
All Saints Day (November 1) is our opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith…it is a time to celebrate our history and our traditions as the people of God. From the earliest days of Christianity there is the understanding that the church consists of not only living believers, but also all who have gone before us; those the Epistle to the Hebrews calls “a great cloud of witnesses” or, as we say in the Apostles’ Creed, “the Communion of Saints”.
On “All Saints Day” we remember all those, famous or obscure, who are part of the Communion of Saints”…we tell their stories and we celebrate their life and love and witness.
Retelling their stories grounds us in our history and teaches us how God has provided for us through the generosity and sacrifice of those who have come before us.
The stories of the saints encourage us to be all God has created us to be!
May I encourage you, even today, not to allow this season to be lost in pranks and symbols of evil…let us use this season to give thanks for both our saints in glory and those on Earth, those who have shared the gospel with us and have led us to Jesus! (acknowledgement: Joe Lovine, UMC)