So I here I sit as I do each year at this time. Yes, it’s almost Halloween but I’m not thinking about my costume. Those days are over for me, I’m afraid. Instead, I’m thinking more about the day after Halloween – All Saints Day.
All Saints Day, November 1, is a day is steeped in history dating back centuries and connected with an ancient feast. Now on this day each year, many western Christians spend time in prayer and worship, remembering “saints” who have been a part of this world. This is usually related to the church members who have died during the past year.
In addition to that tradition, All Saints Day has become a big day for me. It’s my annual opportunity to look over who I’ve become and who helped me get where I am. It’s time to think about the saints in my life; those who have been instrumental in my faith journey and in the formation of me! Before you begin to think that this is a selfish day when I max nostalgic about me, myself, and I, think again! All Saints Day is actually a chance to do just the opposite.
Consider engaging in this practice in your celebration of All Saints Day this year:
Think back on those who have served as a saint in your own life.
Who has been a source of support for your faith?
Who have been those people who have listened to your questions about God and the church?
Who has helped shape the “you” that you are today?
Who are the people who have tapped you on the shoulder and identified your gifts?
Once you’ve identified them, take some time on November 1 to write them a letter of thanks. If you’re really feeling up to it, use paper instead of email, text,or Facebook! Let them know about the impact they have had. Thank them for the gift they have given you. Let someone know about the difference they have made.
Well, I’m off to write my 2010 letter!