Notes from Jan

Noble November

November 5, 2016

November 1st.  All Saints’ Day. Our daughter, Heather’s birthday and good friend, Stan’s.

Growing up Baptist, we left the saint days to the Catholics who lived in our town.  I’ve learned better, especially since Jud became one… a saint, not a Catholic.

Tomorrow night our church will  observe All  Saints’ and All Souls’  Days through liturgy and Gabriel Faure’s Requiem.  It’s good and important to remember saints who’ve come and gone, blessed and influenced my life and yours.

November’s a noble month.  Neither the sticky residue of  candy-coated Halloweens nor commercial driven Black Fridays eliminate a day set aside for Thanksgiving and for many, a day or two to remember the saints who lived among us.  I’m not thinking about folks like Saints Francis or Catherine of Siena, more like Aunt Teresa, story teller on WMBI when I, ages 3-6, sat listening, captivated in Chicago, Illinois,  Miss Edith my Sunday School teacher, when I was nine years old and Daddy pastored Grove Street Baptist church in Dekalb, Illinois and Mama Frey from Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, when I was thirteen and free falling in ways  only God knew and Mama Frey guessed.

Come tomorrow night, I won’t know where to begin or end my grateful list of noble men and women, saints among us: family, friends, teachers, neighbors, even strangers, who marked me through noble traits: courageous, generous, decent, virtuous, good, honest, moral.  They led lives worth following, imitating.

Saint Paul, in Philippians 4:8 NIV, reminds me to think nobler, “Finally, whatever is true, NOBLE, right, pure, lovely, admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Lord, hear this  prayerful hope, especially the day after the election, when we’ll need better thoughts,  a fresh vocabulary and noble acts to heal ourselves, this country, no matter who wins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Reply Karen OKeefe November 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    AMEN!

  • Reply Radina Welton November 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    A loud, strong AMEN!

  • Reply Nancy Sheys November 5, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    How rich and real. It is a good reminder to be not only in the past in our gratitude, but in the present.

  • Reply Karen Gold November 5, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    So lovely and so needed in these stormy days. Grateful for all my “saints” and grateful for you, Jan.

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