A Word from Bishop Bryan: A message on All Saints Day
Today is All Saints Day, when Christians the world over remember and thank God for those faithful servants of Christ who have entered the Church Triumphant. In many local churches this Sunday is a time when those who died in the past year will be recognized and remembered with thanksgiving.
In 2 Timothy the Apostle Paul writes to the young pastor, Timothy, whom Paul has appointed to serve the infant church in the pagan city of Ephesus. Paul is in prison and is struggling for a way to encourage Timothy. Then he finds just what is needed and says to Timothy:
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois
and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
The sermon Timothy needs to hear has already been preached in the life of his mother and his grandmother. What a powerful gift Paul has given Timothy.
On All Saints Day what sermon do you most need to hear? In whose life has it already been preached? Are you aware that what was alive in them is also alive in you?Prayer: Gracious God, open my ears to hear the message You have preached in the lives of those upon whose shoulders I am standing today. By the power of Your Holy Spirit may what was alive in them be alive in me. In the name of the One who defeated death and opened the way to eternal life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.