As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3
Today is All Saint’s Day. All Hallows (or Holy) ones are honored and remembered for their service to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Growing up I attended a church named for a saint- one of the writers of the gospels. As a small child, I always thought of saints as dead people who had done extraordinary things for people and God. But we used to sing a hymn about the the saints of God being the folk just like us. As I grew older, I began to meet a few of those, starting with my youth minister. Recently in delivering meals to the elderly, I had the honor to be in the presence of a saint. A lady well up into her nineties who still dressed in her Sunday best everyday to receive visitors (mostly her home health nurses and therapists along with those of us who were privileged enough to be on the route to bring her meals). Her smile, positive attitude, thankfulness and gentle spirit oozed with a life led by the Holy Spirit for many, many decades. I miss her. She is now in assisted living, no doubt charming more hearts for her Lord.
Because of her and so many others who have boosted my faith when I was down, were ministers of His grace and mercy to me, who encouraged -and yes, at times convicted me – I now understand the prayer at the end of that song I used to sing in Sunday school – “Lord , help me to be one ,too.”
Who are your saints? But more importantly, for whom are you a saint? You may be surprised how many lives you have touched.
If you are down and doubting if you are of worth to Him or the advancing of His Kingdom, dispel that worry by asking God to recall the people He has brought into your life that you have dutifully served. Let His Spirit sing you a song about the saints of God- you! You are His glorious one with in whom He takes delight. Then go on, get off your knees, get out there in your “Sunday best” and continue to be a saint to others.