Today is 'All Saints Sunday', a day when we honor ALL the saints, who from their labors rest. So, I'm curious to know: How do you define 'a saint'? Is is just someone the church determines meets the criteria?
Or, are saints more like the people in the hymn 'I Sing A Song of the Saints of God'? You know, 'one was a captain and one was a priest and one was slain by a fierce, wild beast'? Or, is that a fierce, wild priest?
What is a saint? Who is a saint?
Sometimes, people say, "Oh, she's a real saint," when they talk about people who take care of the elderly or special needs people."
We have an adopted daughter who is profoundly challenged, mentally and physically. When she was a small child, people used to say to us, "Oh, you are saints." When, what they really meant was, "Oh, I could never do that! I could never taken in a special needs child."
Well, they didn't know Katie. We were the ones who were blessed.
This one is about a little girl who was standing in the church looking at the people depicted in the stained glass windows, much like the ones here, in this church.
The priest walked in and asked her, "Do you know who those people are?"
"My mommy says they are saints," she answered.
"Do you know what a saint is?" asked the priest.
"Yes," she said, her voice full of awe and wonder, "They are people who let in the light in their own special way so that all of God's colors come together in a beautiful way."
So, as you consider all of the ways God has blessed you, try to be one of those saints who lets in the light of Jesus in your own special way.
Help all the wonderfully different colors of God come together in a beautiful way and make the world a better place.