If there is every a time when I get nostalgic its all saints day. I start to think about all the funerals...all the friends I have preached for and to. I remember the sadness and loss that is very prominent at the funeral. But then I remember this hymn verse from "For all the Saints". "And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave again and hearts are strong, Alleluia, Alleluia!" vs 5. I remember the hope that I preached at every funeral. Christ is risen! Death has been defeated! The dear saint of God that we miss,now rests from their labors, rests in Jesus.
We are reminded of this victory every time we receive Holy Communion. When we hear the Proper Preface we are reminded of the Christian victory over death through Christ's resurrection. The Proper Preface ends with this All Saints day reminder, "with angles and arc angles and all the company of heaven"! The saints of God that now rest are with Jesus gathered around the throne at the marriage feast of the lamb! Angles and Arc Angles are with them. Our family and friends that have died in faith find their peace with Jesus. Our children that we have not met because of miscarriage, or abortion are resting in the perfect peace that only Jesus can give. All the saints of generation ago, Abraham, Noah, Isaiah, Matthew, John, and the Baptizer John, and the unending list of faithful men and woman of the Bible will be there also. They are victorious over death, not victorious on their own, but victorious because Jesus has walked that valley first. Jesus is the firstborn from the dead, and He gives that victory to us through the cross, the tomb the resurrection. He continues to give us His victory in Baptism, in forgiveness, in His Supper with His very Body and Blood.
A very blessed All Saints day to you dear baptized Saint! Soon, very soon, our battle will be over and we will be with those who now rest!!