I am sure many of you have people you look up to; people that stir within you the desire to constantly improve yourself. At work, there are those people that always maintain a high efficiency and seem to always be on top of things. In families there are usually those members of the group that throw the best parties, say the nicest things, or have the most beautifully decorated homes. However, there are also those mentors that we have in the faith.
Have you ever thought about those people that inspire you by their extravagant generosity, incredible Scriptural knowledge, or possess that bubbly personality that is so endearing that everyone just cannot get enough of it? I ask this question because today is All Saint's Day. A day that Gertrud Mueller Nelson explains this way: "All Saints Day is the celebration of those who have contributed successfully to the creation of the kingdom. The saints were not perfect, but they were whole, holy, and they were certainly human. They lived their unique fate with creativity and participated in the evolution of human consciousness" (To Dance with God, by Gertrud Mueller Nelson [Paulist Press, 1987], 223). Today is the day we honor and remember those saints, those people whom we admire, respect, and have lived a life dedicated to the building of God's Kingdom.
I encourage you to take this week and think of the saints that you have known in your life. Take time and thank God that they were placed in your life, even if only for awhile. These saints are what drive us and encourage us today. These saints are what it looks like when God is in control. These saints will keep teaching us long after their time in our lives are over.
Anne, I miss you and I love you!