“All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God! Thank him to his face! He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.” Psalm 30:4-5
Today is All Saints’ Day. During worship, we will honor the memory of those who died since last All Saints’ Day. I will go to church alone, sit in the pew Glen and I always claimed, shake hands and hug those around me while sharing the peace. I will never be ready to hear his name called, see his picture flashed on the overhead screen, and hear a bell tolled in his memory. However, I will rejoice in his new life with Christ.
Our family had the blessing of sharing worship with Glen within hours before he took his last breath. During that communion service in the hospital with Pastor Al leading, Glen and we were one in the Spirit. We affirmed our love for him, which I believe helped me and my family stand beside his bed in hospice, waiting for him to take his last labored breath.
No one is ever ready to say goodbye for the last time. So, today I will say goodbye again… with tears, I’m sure, but will know Glen is safely in the arms on the strong one who loves him even more than his earthly family.
Lord, take good care of our loved ones received into your kingdom. Amen.