For All the Saints

November 1, 2012

Today’s Reflection

SAINTS WERE AND ARE ordinary people. Though imperfect, doubt-filled, weak, lonely, and fearful at times, they chose to remain uncompromisingly faithful witnesses to the gospel. This great “cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1) is the unity of all believers past, present, and future. …

Saints come from all walks of life and from every culture; the young, the old, the rich, the poor — all are illumined by the mystery of God’s loving presence in their lives. These ordinary folks make loving God and neighbor their extraordinary choice day in and day out.

Saints step out in faith, trusting and obeying the call of God. Their purity of heart awakens us to the realization that we too are called to be shining examples of God’s spirit of love.

The Upper Room Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation

From page 244 of “Saints” by Ellen K. McCormack in The Upper Room Dictionary of Christian Spiritual Formation, edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe. Copyright © 2003 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Give thanks to God for the saints who have influenced your faith.

Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!
Psalm 146:10, NRSV

This Week: pray for those seeking employment. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember Jude (October 28).

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robert moeller November 1, 2012 at 5:34 am

The person closest to being a saint that I personally know ministered to me over a ten week period of one on one Christian education – Bible study. While it happened over 13 years ago it still is strong in my memory.

I pray for those seeking employment. May they first turn to you Lord, put you first in their lives and all things needed will be given to them according to their faith. In God We Trust. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

For those affected by Hurricane Sandy, from the Caribbean all the way to the northeastern United States I pray. Houses lost, flooded or damaged, the loss of electrical power, the need for food, shelter, warmth with oncoming winter, care for the elderly, disabled, sick, and newborns. Lord, guide us as we, through the love of Christ in us, help those with their needs. In your name I pray, Amen

Thank you too, that the situation could have been much worse and wasn’t. Members of my family all around the Northeast, even in NYC and NJ, are fine. Thank you Lord, Amen.

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heidi November 1, 2012 at 8:17 am

We are ALL the saints. Many, many writings this morning about All Saints’ Day. The one I appreciated most spoke of thinking about the ALL in All Saints. Each of us, in one way or another, has been, is or will be a saint to another, someone who shines the light, guides the path and offers the Way.

Praise be to God for his infinite wisdom in sending who we need, when we need them.

And prayers continue for all who have suffered loss in the storms, of property, of relationship– of life. Praying God’s strong comfort and powerful peace through the days ahead, and praying, as well, for those who are saints in this time, especially first responders. Amen

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Buzz November 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

Amen, Heidi, Amen!

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Buzz November 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

Those persons in my life who I have recognized as being Saints did not see themselves as such. All of them felt they had not been set apart as special. They all felt they were humble disciples of Christ.

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