This month, when we focus not only on giving thanks, but also on the saints who now from their labors rest, I invite you to remember and give thanks for those saints who helped to shape you as a person of faith. Name the gifts they brought, the ministries in which they engaged. Thank God for those saints.
The saints have shown us that generous living is about approaching each day with an open heart, an open mind and an open hand. I believe that God uses the church to equip us for our ministries in the world, legacies that will influence godly lives of generations coming behind us. Think of the past, look to the present and dream of the future. Determine what you can do today to live more generously and to make a difference in the future for our church family and community. In everything, give thanks. Live in gratitude, for gratitude strengthens our character and moral resolve. By the grace of God, we will be filled with hope as we do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.
Each of us is invited to the Table today to join with angels and archangels and the company of Heaven–the saints–to sing the Sanctus, the Holy, Holy, Holy. It is an awesome thought that those who have gone before will be singing with us today. I would hope that during this time the distance between heaven and earth might collapse, allowing you a glorious glimpse of the divine. There is a place for you at the table.