All Saints Day, is a special day in the church year, and many churches will observe this day on Sunday.
For many it is the day we remember all the saints that have died in the Christian faith. Some might honour saints like Saint Peter or Saint Joseph. But many of us will celebrate what I call Saint Bob.
Saint Bob is the everyday person who has died in the faith. It is our grandparents, relatives and friends.
Some might be confused as to why I call the average Christian saint.
Martin Luther said it best when he called each of us sinner and saint.
His reasoning is although we each as sinner, “have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23), God in His forgiveness of our sins have made us holy and righteous, and thus saints.
Although All Saints Day for many is a somber day, it is also a day of hope. It’s a day that we are reassured that when we too find ourselves on death’s door we have nothing to fear for we too, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, have been forgiven of our sins and have been made saints.
So whether you honour Saint Peter or Saint Joseph, or a Saint Bob, may we find hope in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Pastor Steve Naylor
Published in Delta Optimist Nov 4 2011
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