All Saints

          See what love God has given us,
          that we should be called children of God.
—1 John 3.1

The secret power of the blessed saints
is no sword they wield,
no influence they possess, but simply
trust that they are God’s beloved children,
and the courage to act that way
toward all others.
They know God loves them to overflowing,
the spilling of love their blessing to the world,
and the resurrecting power of God’s grace
sufficient to redeem them in all their troubles.
They dare confront the world’s evil with love,
knowing its deep power,
having opened themselves to it.

Let the mystery that we are all God’s beloved children
lead you to live so,
and treat others so.

What love we have been given,
that we, God’s children, should have love
for all God’s children.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

October 29, 2020

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