By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 29, 2015

On Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Day. In worship we will name those who have died in the past year, giving thanks for their life and witness among us. The day provides us the spiritual time and space to reflect on all the saints who have shaped our lives, simply by the living of their lives. This prayer by Safiyah Fosua speaks to the breadth of the witnesses who have gone before us. May it shape your meditation for Sunday. Join us at Highland Hills as we offer thanks.

We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped
Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement
meeting houses
Where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Strong hands and those gnarled with age
Holy hands
Used as wave offerings across the land.
We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;
Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned,
Blue-collared or three-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our
children to come.

Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who
have gone before us.
Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith,
dedication, worship, and love. ~ Amen