In this year of pandemic, many throughout the world have lost loved ones from a distance. Our beloveds have died without us having had the chance to hold their hand, share last words, or sit by their bedside as they die. Family members have not been able to travel to be with other family and friends. Memorial services have, for the most part, been virtual—no potlucks, wakes, or gathering around the grieving. The loss of our rituals on top of the loss of our loved ones – loss building upon loss.
As we prepare for All Saints Day, November 1, 2020, I invite you to spend some time considering the saints, living and dead, who have guided, nurtured, and shaped you. Especially if you have lost a beloved one in this past year, join us for an All Saints service from The Upper Room Chapel on Wednesday, November 4, 11:00 a.m. (Central Time). Pray with us on this page below, on Facebook, or on YouTube.
Beth A. Richardson serves as the director of prayer and worship life and Dean of The Upper Room Chapel.
Emmaus helped me laugh again, and it brought joy back to my life after the loss of my child. I am now stronger than ever in my walk with the Lord. And to this day, I continue to sponsor pilgrims to The Walk to Emmaus. In my local church, I have led our discipleship team and have had the opportunity to start new Sunday school classes and various women’s ministries. ¡De Colores!”