From the backseat of the car I heard, “Who will I see there?”
|All Saints I , Wassily Kandinsky|
Then I heard these words tumble out of my mouth, “Then there will be all of these people who you have never met who love you and cannot wait to meet you.”
She said, “There will? What will they do?”
“I don’t know.” I said, “But I am sure that they will be excited to see you.”
I am not really sure what happened during the rest of our drive home. I was distracted by the image of those who have gone before me who I do not know. Those who love me and cannot wait to meet me. Those who are cheering for me as I run the race of life. This image has come back into my mind quite often since that day on the way home from school.
|Synaxis of All Saints|
Sometime in the next several days, I encourage you to do the same. Take time to remember the saints both living and dead who planted, watered or helped cultivate discipleship in your life. Say a prayer of thanksgiving for those who walked this path of faith and who, through both word and deed, left trail markers along the way to point you toward the face of God. Remember the saints in your own life, both known and unknown. Celebrate the lives and testimonies of all of the saints who have gone before you.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2