Posted: Nov 2, 2020
Remembering the Saints in our Lives
What is a saint? We often think of saints as people with halos over their heads in stained glass windows, people who did something heroic because of their faith a long time ago, or people who have churches, schools and books of the Bible named after them. To be sure, all of these sorts of people are definitely saints, but there are a lot more saints than these more well-known ones!
We see through Scripture that every follower of God and friend of Jesus, each of these people are saints. When the Apostle Paul writes letters to folks in the ancient church he will often send his greetings to “the saints of such-and-such city” or “the saints at this-or-that-place.” In fact, if Paul were to write a letter to our church today he would probably greet us in the same way. Further, Hebrews 12:1 tells us that we are surrounded by “a great cloud of witnesses” from times past to times present. Are there any important saints in the life of your family? They might be big name saints like the Virgin Mary or St. Christopher, or they might be saints like the faithful people we look up to in our own families, or they might be anything in between.
Sunday, Nov. 1 was All Saints Day, so this is the perfect time to think about the saints that help you and everyone else in your family on your journey of faith with Jesus Christ. Take a look at the prayer book’s calendar of the Church year and see what saints your family already knows or is curious about (you may be surprised who you find there); look up the names of the people in your family and see what famous saints might share that name; take a look at some children’s books about and saints that you might like to buy or check out from the library. Whatever you do, give thanks for the saints of God who help us through their examples and prayers.