November Newsletter

All around us, and within us/And yet it’s only at times we notice

As real as rain, and soft as stardust/We know deep down, what nobody told us.

Can’t you feel it ever closer/We breathe it in and then we exhale

We touch both sides and now eternal/Standing closer to the veil.

There’s a blurring of the borders/And I swear that I heard voices

But every act of simple kindness/Calls the kingdom down and all around us.

 Can’t you feel it ever closer/We breathe it in and then we exhale

We touch both sides and now eternal/Standing closer to the veil.

“All Saints Day” by Carrie Newcomer

 

All Saints Day, which is November 1st, is one of my favorite dates of the Christian calendar.  I have to admit that the idea of All Hallow’s Eve (also known as Halloween), when the veil between the living and the dead is particularly thin, strikes a chord in the mystical part of my imagination.  While I do not believe in talking to ghosts, the idea of a time when those we love who have died being particularly close at that time a fascinating idea. 

The Catholic Church is very good at celebrating the saints of Christian history, and in some cases, the Protestants are doing a better job.  I think it is important to recognize not only the familiar saints of the Christian faith, but those who are not quite so famous.  This is why I encourage you to bring pictures of your loved ones who have passed away to worship on Sunday, November 3, to put on the altar as we celebrate All Saints Day.  It can be a formal portrait in a frame, or an informal picture you print from your cell phone. 

We will name and celebrate those who have gone on before us, in long-ago history and from more recent times.  Most importantly, we will give thanks to God for the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds us as we seek faithfully to follow in their footsteps.

 

Rev. Linda M. Willey