{ All Saint’s Day }

The first one to leave Matara for the land of Milk & Honey.

The first one to leave Matara for the land of Milk & Honey.

Last year I posted this reflection on All Saint’s Day over at SheLoves Magazine. I thought it was worth resurrecting from the archives for today, as I remember those who’ve gone before me.

I add to the list of those remembered Dallas Willard and Brennan Manning and my beloved friend Richard Twiss. You served well and I follow in your wake hoping to demonstrate the same kind of gospel fidelity.

And to the cloud of witnesses – you volume of saints who cheer us on – today we wave back and acknowledge your presence then and now.

But Berth, with the sweetest smile in all of Matara, I might miss you most. You were the first of the Matara community to cross over to the Land of Milk & Honey. You left us too soon and our hearts still ache when we don’t see you, when we cannot embrace you as we come and laugh together as we depart. But you will be the first to greet us one day – right? I will look forward to your smile once again, friend.

From the archives I offer this reflection…

“We could use a saintly stirring to rouse us, so we burn with that same holy fire.”

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