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For all the saints...
Good morning, friends, and blessings to you in this time of remembrance ~
I was in South Dakota helping my mom the latter part of last week, so today’s Monday Manna will simply be a prayer and some art. While our household is definitely buzzing with excitement over Halloween (we will have Hermoine, a triceratops, and a lion among us), my heart deeply feels the reverence of All-Saints Day approaching on Wednesday. So here’s a prayer from my book, Ash and Starlight: Prayers for the Chaos and Grace of Daily Life, to mark the saints who fill our lives, both in the flesh and in our hearts.
For All-Saints Day
God of welcome and warmth,
I’m a bit melancholy –
or maybe it's pensive –
in approaching this All-Saints Day.
It's a beautiful day –
this time to remember and give thanks
for the saints who have graced my life.
These angels –
raw, real, and devoted
in their humanity –
who have encouraged me,
taught me what I needed
to know to survive...
I think of parents, grandparents,
partners, wives, husbands,
neighbors, friends –
some of them did seem
pretty unlikely characters
to be your saints,
but the more I live,
the more I realize
that's pretty typical of you
and your choosing.
I am grateful for these
quirky, lovely individuals
who have gone before me but
whose light still shines,
bringing warmth and illumination
to my own journey.
Their whispers of wisdom
help me hunger for a deeper
wholeness found in you.
They tell me I can be a saint too...
You have called me, like those before me,
to do things with a great, tidal love,
covering the ache of this world.
So I answer this calling, God, with all I am.
I bring you myself and my prayers
for all those on my heart.
I thank you, God, for the
saints of then and
the saints of now...
for the saint you are kindling inside of me.
May I remain grateful for their impact
on my life and heart –
the truth they spoke and lived,
the faith they held and passed on,
the love they modeled and shared.
Jeremiah 1:5 * Hebrews 11-12:2 * 2 Timothy 1:5-7
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…
let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…”
- Hebrews 12:1-2
Here’s one of mine…
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Holding space for your saints, and for you…
Love and Light,
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