Today is All Saints’ Day. Historically, saints’ days began as a yearly commemoration of the dayof a martyr’s death. As time passed and persecution in the early church continued, saints’ days began to accumulate. Eventually, there were so many martyrs to remember that the church decided to designate one day a year to memorialize all of those who had given their life in service to the church, All Saints’ Day.
Today in the Presbyterian Church, rather than elevate a group of people as saints to revere, we celebrate what God has done in and through all of those in the body of Christ who have gone before us. It is a day in which we marvel at the restorative work that God has done and is doing through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a God who makes the impossible possible, who brings the dead to life.
This is a time for us to grieve together as we remember family members and friends who have died this past year. But we do not grieve as people without hope, but rather as people who expect to see the glory of God.
See you there,