Psalm 31.23a (RSV)
Love the LORD, all you his saints!
"In the Bible to be called a ‘Saint’ refers not to a special Christian; rather it identifies those who refer to Jesus as special; that is, those who call Jesus the Christ, are called Saints.”* This Sunday as part of our worship, we will be remembering, honoring, and celebrating those that have died in the Lord since last year’s All Saint’s. We will also have an opportunity to remember anyone who is alive or dead that has helped shape our faith.
I have often said that there are people in my life I someday hope to grow up to be like and Roy is one. Roy is a semi-retired pastor who was a member of a church I served. He was gracious, warm, and would in no uncertain terms put up with anyone’s gruff. In his soft spoken ways, he would lead and challenge people’s perceptions and opinions, always showing the love of God to them. He was masterful at drawing out the best in you. In particular, he helped me discern what I was to do next in ministry. I am thankful to God for sending Roy my way at just the right time in my life. He truly is a saint who God calls special.
So how about you…who has been a saint to you? Who helped define your faith?
How can you be a saint to another?
Grace and peace,
*Quote is from “Rev. Richard J. Hull II, “Celebrating All Saints: Resources for Congregational Ministry and Worship,” Christian Church Foundation
Husband, father, minister, child of God, follower of Jesus Christ writing in the context of La Porte Community Church