Grace and peace!
November 1 is All Saints Day. As we move toward this celebration of those who’ve gone before us, I share these wise words from Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest:
What makes a saint? Extravagance. Excessive love, flagrant mercy, radical affection, exorbitant charity, immoderate faith, intemperate hope, inordinate love. None of which is an achievement, a badge to be earned or a trophy to be sought; all are secondary by-products of the one thing that truly makes a saint, which is the love of God.
I invite you to take a few moments in the next few days to consider who has been a saint in your life. Who has demonstrated extravagant love? Who has shown hope, mercy, and joy in whatever life has thrown their way? Who has left a mark of faith on your life that cannot be erased? Whose life has been so full that even after their death, their fullness still nurtures your life?