This November we’ll be talking about the topic of being thankful. This month I really want to work on being more thankful myself, so in addition to the thoughts of thanks on Facebook and Twitter, each day this month I’ll be sharing a reflection, encouragement, inspiration or just bit of thanks here on the blog. Today I want to start in what may seem like a strange place: Halloween.
Halloween was Wednesday, and while it’s a very secular celebration today, historically and originally it was something much different. It’s originally known as All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, the day before November 1, today, which is All Saints’ Day. What’s All Saints’ Day? A day honoring all the saints, both highly decorated and less known. And what’s a saint? A saint is someone who is recognized for having an especially close relationship with God and living their life in a way that is dedicated to God.
It’s a day that reminds us of the afterlife, of the fact that good people of faith have gone on before us. That they’ve had their turn sharing God with the world and doing His work here on earth. It’s an opportunity for us to recognize, remember and thank all those from the past who have paved the way for our faith today.
This All Saints’ Day there are several new saints up there, including a missionary friend I’ve supported for several years. It’s not easy to no longer have these people as part of our world because we loved them and they were doing such great work here on earth for God. But at the same time we know they’ve entered into their eternal blessing and their reward after all the work they’ve done for God throughout their lives.
So this All Saints Day make time to thank God for the people of faith who influenced, guided and encouraged your faith, whether they’re from the past few years or several hundred years ago.