Hallows

We are put in perspective by the great crowd of witnesses that assemble.

 Coming to this All Hallows evening we hear the call to pay attention to the permeable fabric of time.

It is a potent time in which those others who have lived before, and will live after, crowd with us onto
the stage of our life.  We are put in perspective by the great crowd of witnesses that assemble. It is good to pay attention.

It is both humbling and comforting to welcome them.

Who might show up at the door of our life this evening, this sundown that ushers in All Saints?
Perhaps one of the church fathers or the desert mothers, perhaps our great aunt with her arms full of washing fresh from the sunlit line, perhaps the child of our grand child, coming to us arms outstretched holding the quiet gift of the future.

Perhaps we will open a door to one we have yet to forgive or one we never knew had forgiven us.

Perhaps it will be to someone we didn’t know loved us so much.  Perhaps it will be someone we are now able to thank.  All of us, great or glamorous, famous or little noticed are much the same size this evening.  We are, as that hymn says, in the line I love so much, “small paper lanterns lighting the way”. That is enough.

I hope you open the door of your heart in these next two days to a bevy of small paper lanterns, a small bright cloud of witnesses and that you know yourself, one of them, lighting the way.

Join me on the journey. Rest, Reflect, Replenish

10 Comments

  1. Catherine Ann Dickson on November 1, 2022 at 9:53 am

    A gentle yet powerful invitation. Thank you.

    • Catherine Smith on November 4, 2022 at 8:02 am

      Blessings ~

  2. Kerry Lynn Howarth on November 1, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful, Catherine, gave me shivers. I find this concept challenging but am praying for connection this Allhallowtide. Your words bring me closer…

    • Catherine Smith on November 4, 2022 at 8:03 am

      May the coming closer be rich ~

  3. Janice MacLean on November 1, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for the idea of future saints. I like this.

    • Catherine Smith on November 4, 2022 at 8:06 am

      I love the sense of future as part of the circle of saints in time.

  4. Shirley Childs on November 1, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Thank you for these fine words that encourage me to be present in these hallowed days.

    • Catherine Smith on November 4, 2022 at 8:03 am

      Blessings, Shirley ~

  5. Catherine Smith on October 31, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you, Margie Ann. Hallows’ blessings to you ~

  6. Margie Ann on October 31, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Beautiful words Catherine.

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