Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.” vss. 3-4Psalm 149:1-5
Today is All Saint’s Day, a festival set aside for the remembering of those who have fought the good fight and who now rest from their labors. We do a lot of wondering about what that new life is like and search the scriptures for fitting images, mostly to no avail. Because no one knows, the best we can do is speculate, and then entrust our loved ones into the hands of the Lord. What scripture gives us is a vision of heavenly choirs gathered round the throne of God, and maybe even some dancing. There’s an appeal to those triumphant images! Sometimes life brings years of travail and disappointment, and the benefits of this world are certainly not divided up equally. It seems right to believe that God is going to lift up the lowly and give victory to the humble. And if we don’t have exactly the right words to describe that new white-robed life, that’s okay. Let it be a surprise! Perhaps it will be a time of joyous reunion–we can hardly imagine anything better than that. And if the Lord’s face shines upon us, that will be the icing on the cake! And we might even be asked to join the choir!
Thought for the Day: What do I hope for in the life to come?