Today is All Saints Day, a Christian celebration of remembrance of all those who have gone before us in the faith. It tends to be a Catholic holiday, but many other Christians also see values in remembering days like this.
I was perusing a few All Saints Day prayers and posted this one on Facebook:
“Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
I didn’t have much time to reflect on it; I just quickly copy and pasted it from this site. Then Junia woke up and my day became consumed with toddler stuff. Through this I began to reflect on the words “may their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love.”
Uh-oh…I hope none of my non-Catholic friends deem me some sort of heretic for posting a prayer that speaks of dead Christians praying for the living (so far, no problem). But then, why wouldn’t dead Christians be praying for us? The Bible speaks of living Christians being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 11:1), referring to those who have gone before. And there is the hope that after death we will be with God, as Paul says he desires to depart and be with God (Philippians 1:23). Christians pray for each other while living, why would separation from the body end this?
I actually find it quite beautiful to imagine not just my living friends praying for me, but the saints (and I guess as a non-Catholic I would say all Christians are saints) praying for me right now in heaven before God’s throne.
Happy All Saints Day!