Magazine article Anglican Journal

His View

Magazine article Anglican Journal

His View

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I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED forward to the festival of All Saints. It is a culmination of all those days when we remember, with thanksgiving, the work and witness of particular saints and the lives and labours of holy men and women throughout the ages. They include family and friends and colleagues and mentors and spiritual companions.

In this wonderful festival we are mindful of how we are compassed about--that is, surrounded and inspired by their examples. In that great company, too, are those who have been near and dear to us and who have great influence in shaping our own call to lifelong discipleship.

In our view of the communion of saints, we so often find ourselves looking back, albeit with much gratitude for all those who have been chosen vessels of God's grace at work in the world. While I honour that view, I often find myself wondering if that is our Lord's view. While I imagine him looking around at all his saints who now rest in his presence, I see him looking ahead, anticipating the next wave of his faithful followers. …

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