All Saints Day

Christian churches thoughout the world celebrate today. Many people will reflect on the lives of departed loved ones.

The dictionary gives several definitions for “saint”. The one most appropriate for today is: “one of the spirits of the departed in heaven”.

Many churches will take special note today, or this coming Sunday, of members whose earthly lives ended this past year. It is good to reflect on this – not with sadness, but with anticipation and joy.

Many years ago I was involved with a church that took a Sunday School field trip to celebrate this occassion. The destination? A large, local cemetery where the teachers gathered the children around and spoke about death, and funerals, and heaven. An introduction to All Saints.

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