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.
Give thanks to God for the saints who have influenced your faith.
The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!
Psalm 146:10, NRSV
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This week we remember Jude (October 28).
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