I did some trail hiking with a friend last week in the North Carolina mountains. If you’ve been on trails before, you know most of them are color-coded so you can keep track of where you are and avoid getting lost. It is especially helpful when the path becomes narrow, there are obstacles, or in the case of this picture I took, the falling leaves make it difficult to stay on the right path. As we hiked, I became increasing grateful for the ones who had gone before me to mark out the way.

This Sunday is All Saint’s Day. During worship, we’ll pause and remember the saints who have died in the Lord and gone on before us, giving thanks for their witness, love, and spiritual legacy. God has used them to show us the way, and we’ll give thanks.

I invite you to reflect on the people God has brought into your life to mark out your path. There may be people you have never met (Martin Luther is one of mine), people who have gone on ahead to be with the Lord (like my Jr. High Sunday School teacher), or saints who are still with you and influencing your life in the present. Let’s give thanks for the saints together!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2

Yours in the LORD,
Pastor Daniel