For All the Saints

Sunday, November 1st was the Feast of All Saints.  This is an occasion to remember with thanksgiving to God all people redeemed by Jesus throughout the ages, and especially our own loved ones who have died in the Lord.  The love of God is astonishing.  The Lord takes pleasure in His people, He adorns the humble with salvation.  God even calls us His own dear children!  He calls us from every nation, tribe, people-group and language.  He calls us — poor sinners — the poor in spirit who hunger for righteousness.  We, though burdened by our sins, trust in Jesus, our Savior, who has given all for us to live in communion with God.  All Saints Day is a day of rejoicing, not that we or our departed love ones have been such great saints, but that our Savior has graciously numbered us along with all His saints as His own beloved people.  For all this we sing to the Lord a new song of thanksgiving and praise!

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
All who by faith before the world confessed,
Your name O Jesus, be forever blest,
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Oh blest communion, fellowship divine
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one within your great design.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west,
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest.
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest,
Alleluia, Alleluia!

—William How  1823-97