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Though Satan breaks our dark glass into shards
Each shard still shines with Christ’s reflected light,
It glances from the eyes, kindles the words
Of all his unknown saints. The dark is bright
With quiet lives and steady lights undimmed,
The witness of the ones we shunned and shamed.
Plain in our sight and far beyond our seeing
He weaves them with us in the web of being
They stand beside us even as we grieve,
The lone and left behind whom no one claimed,
Unnumbered multitudes, he lifts above
The shadow of the gibbet and the grave,
To triumph where all saints are known and named;
The gathered glories of His wounded love.
Quotations on Trust.
From W.E. Sangster
The recurrent needs of every day are all known to God. A full reliance can be put upon all His promises… We have reached that stage in human development when we are able to ask the questions, but are not always able to understand the answers. God expects us to trust His love.
From Henry Ward Beecher
You can trust and rest in God simply because He has said, you may and you must.
And from A.W. Robinson
We can trust Him wholly with His world. We can trust Him with ourselves. We are sure He cares far more to make the best of us, and to do the most through us, than we have ever cared ourselves.
A Prayer for All Saints Day
O God, Heavenly Father, we thank you today for every Christian who has helped us on our journey, encouraging us to keep believing when we felt like giving up. Thank you for those who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to ensure others could hear of your love in Christ.
We think of the saints in heaven, released from the burden of sin and death in this life, especially remembering those from our community who have died in the past year. Give comfort to all those who grieve over loved-ones no longer with us on earth. Give them the hope only your word can offer.
We pray for your church on earth, that it may remain faithful to the apostles’ teaching and that it will strive for unity. We pray for all Christians suffering persecution that they may be strengthened and encouraged in bold witness to the Gospel.
We pray for those who are not yet part of your church and for those who have left it. May they be convinced of your love for them by the compassionate working of your Holy Spirit.
Bring peace to those nations in conflict and where there is political instability. Protect those who are poor and hungry and give them hope. Move those with plenty, to share with those who have little, and help all people to love their neighbour as themselves. God of life, we give thanks for the love you have shown to the world through all your saints and we celebrate our continuing communion with them whenever we worship.
Keep us looking to Jesus, helping us give a clear witness to him, living the holy lives you have called us to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen