Yesterday was All Saints day. It turned out to be a difficult one for me (for reasons which don't need to get written about this morning) but all day long, even in the midst of stress and tiredness, I found myself remembering deep down how grateful and glad I am to be a part of the company of saints.
During opening worship service yesterday, I found myself dwelling again on the image of that great company all connected. When it was time to go downstairs with the children for Sunday School, I couldn't help but want to share that with them.
So I had our little crew hold hands in a circle. We thought about how we were there that morning to worship Jesus together. Then I asked them to think about how big the circle would be if we expanded it to include all the grown-ups still in the service upstairs.
And if we included all our fellow Christians in town -- other people at other churches who had gathered to pray and worship in Jesus' name that morning.
And if we included all the other saints on out into the city.
And if we included all the other followers of Jesus in our country.
And all the other followers of Jesus in our world today.
And all the other followers of Jesus who have ever lived, present and past, since the beginning.
I asked them to imagine how big that circle would get. (One of the kids suggested bigger than Jupiter, which made me smile.)
I asked them to throw into the picture the bright company of angels.
I asked them to imagine all of us standing around God's throne forever, worshiping and loving God forever.
So very, very grateful to be part of this family!!