Honor the Saints in Your Life

November 1, 2017 by The staff of The Upper Room (Nashville, Tennessee)

November 1 is All Saints’ Day, let's give thanks for the people in our lives who shape the family of God.

On All Saints’ Day, we remember the saints who came before us or walk alongside us in our churches, workplaces, or neighborhoods. Regardless of location, they help us experience God’s presence. With gratitude, we remember them, and today especially, we thank God for the ways they contribute to our spiritual growth. 

The Upper Room gives thanks for our spiritual companions, those saints who sustain us on the journey—our friends, coworkers, donors, readers, program participants, and international partners. They help us encounter God and invite the world to do the same. As the family of God, we rejoice with all the saints in times of celebration, and we carry each other’s burdens in times of hardship.

This All Saints’ Day, consider a gift in honor or in memory of the saints who have shaped your faith journey. Your generosity will shape the spiritual life of people around the world.




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The Art is Outside

“As the curator of The Upper Room Chapel and Museum, it is my task to highlight art and draw the viewer into the work itself. On clear days, the art is outside The Upper Room Chapel: gorgeous pink blossom clouds of the Japanese Magnolia trees. The blossoms don’t last very long. If you are in the Nashville area, take a few minutes to stop by and enjoy them. ‘We recognize God’s presence in the world around us,’ the author of The Mystic in You says. ‘Sometimes it comes because of our intentional spiritual practices. Other times, it comes when we least expect it and do not feel as though we deserve it.  … Geese flying overhead and a dog running in its sleep become windows into eternity when we pause, notice and open to the wonder of all being.’ Sometimes it is in a pink cloud of blossoms.”