In these years 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, 2021, 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 3, 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.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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