Today is a special day for Christians around the world. It’s known as the Feast of All Saints, or All Saints’ Day. In our culture, it has become the homely, dumpy cousin to the more popular and dapper All Hallows’ Eve, or Hallowe’en. But I think All Saints’ Day is worth making a fuss over.
If you have any familiarity with the Apostles’ Creed, you know that this historic statement of Christian faith has us affirm a belief in something called “the Communion of Saints”. What is the Communion of Saints?
Put simply, it’s that company of faithful followers of Jesus who have died and already are spending eternity in God’s holy presence, and us. We who follow Jesus here and now are included in the Communion of Saints. In that sense, All Saints’ Day is our day – the day all Christ-followers can rejoice in the gift of God’s covenant faithfulness toward his people, past and present…and future.
You may have heard the story before, but it bears repetition. One time, a child was sitting in church, looking at the stained glass windows. He wondered about the figures depicted in the windows, and asked his mother, “Who are those people in the stained glass windows?”
“Those are saints,” she replied. Just then, the clouds blew away, leaving the sun to shine on the windows without obstruction.
“Oh, I get it,” said the little boy. “Saints are people the light shines through.”
Indeed, he did get it. Do you? Is the Light shining through you this All Saints’ Day?
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5.16, NIV).