Nov 4, 2016

All Saints Sunday

Our Christian Faith teaches that life is not over when we die. There is a special day in the Christian Calendar called All Saints Day (which in fact falls on November 1 but we will celebrate on Sunday the 6th). On that day, we profess our faith in an on-going relationship between those who have died and we who are living. We are touched when we remember friends and loved ones who have outrun us to heaven, but the concept of the “Communion of Saints” (Apostles’ Creed) suggests that there is an on-going spiritual relationship between those who are dead and those who are living. Just as we believe that Jesus, who was dead and is now alive continues to touch our lives, so we believe that our friends and loved ones who have died are now alive and continue to touch our lives. Many find great comfort in that idea. I know I do.

The Bible clearly reminds us that those who have rounded the bend of the river of life that we call death are “balcony people” for us in our continuing struggle in this life (Hebrews 12:1-2). It is not just Jesus who is the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith,” there is a whole cloud of witnesses, who having kept the faith now cheer for us as we struggle to keep it too. There are some days and some ways in which we sense this to be true. “Death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship.”

Consider yet another aspect of this idea. We tend to think that when someone dies, that for all practical purposes it is all over. You may be surprised to learn that this is not true. When people with whom we have unfinished business die, death does not finish that business. I do not know how a broken relationship affects the dead, but I do know that it continues to affect the living. I have been dealing with this concept for more than four decades. It is much more difficult to settle a broken relationship with someone who is dead than with someone who is alive. I have seen people go through years of agony and therapy because a parent or child or friend died before an important broken relationship was settled.

“Death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship. The relationship struggles toward resolution in the survivor’s mind, but no resolution is found.” Wrap your mind around that idea and see where it takes you.

Come worship with us Sunday as we remember those who have graduated to heaven.

Come, Worship
Stay, Learn
Go, Serve

PS: Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 6!

Image: "All-Saints" 15th century. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons


Post a Comment

Powered by Blogger