All Saints Day

The day after Halloween, November 1st, is a time to turn attention to those who have inspired us by their unselfish actions. Who are you thinking of today?

The above is All Saints Day as interpreted by William Kandinsky, an oil painting from 1911. It does not represent the exterior world but rather expresses inner feelings of the human soul.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for All Saints Day

We give you thanks and praise, O God,for by your great power you have called us to a rich hope and pledged us a glorious inheritance among the saints. In time before dreaming you sent the wind to stir up the sea of chaos and bring forth the earth.Through your law and prophets you promised us that your Kingdom would belong foreverto those who embraced your holiness.Through your son, Jesus Christ, you proclaimed a day when the hungry will feast and the mourners laugh. When he was killed on the cross you raised him from the deadand seated him at your right hand. In him you give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we might know that hope to which you have called usand embody the fullness of Christ who fills all in all.Therefore, with our hearts lifted high, we offer you thanks and praise at all times through Jesus Christ our Lord,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


©2001 Nathan Nettleton