In Touch November 4, 2011
Posted on November 4, 2011 by under Touché,

For All the Saints

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)

My mom’s funeral service was the afternoon of Reformation Sunday. We sang that great hymn of John Calvin (the father of the reformed churches), “I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art.” It was a hymn that my mom chose for her funeral and I have never sung those words with such meaning as last Sunday.

This Sunday, my first worship service since my mom’s funeral, will be All Saints Sunday. It may seem strange in a reformation church to celebrate All Saints Sunday, but the New Testament names anyone who is in Christ as a saint. The closing hymn of my mom’s funeral, “For All the Saints,” will be the opening hymn of our worship on Sunday. Mark will be preaching, but I will be present to lift up my mom’s name in the roll call of the saints who have departed this earth since last All Saints Sunday. The days of this liturgical year have fit together very well for me as I mourn the loss of my mom.

Today, in my personal devotions, I landed on the above verse from Psalm 116: Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. A tough verse to understand, but with the events of my mom’s death, I have a clearer picture of why the psalmist sings. My mom’s death was a precious death, woven in with the conviction that she has greeted her sure redeemer and now has joined that great cloud of witnesses.

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!