Or at least it was, when I started this! We may be unsure of when All Saints Day began...but it is something that we usually celebrate on the first Sunday of November, and this year is no different. We will celebrating it in both churches by remembering those who have passed over the last year, and dedicating memorials that have been given/purchased over the last year. I also think of All Saints Day as a time to remember those who have had an impact in my spiritual journey who are no longer with us. From Sunday School teachers to my confirmation mentor, and especially my mother. Who is it that has nurtured you/impacted your faith journey?
I do think that it is good for us to think about those who came before us, but I also think it is good to think about those who are yet to come, and how/what are we doing to help shape their lives spiritually? So, what are you doing? Are you setting an example for those in your household? For those who live down the street, or those who sit in the pew next to you, or...you fill in the blank. Yes, we aren't all called to teach Sunday School, or be a helper/youth group leader etc., but we are all called to reach out in Jesus' name.
So, as we think about, remember, and give thanks for those who have come before us, let us think about how we can shape/impact others.