The saints in the little United Methodist Church on highway 60 painted for me a picture of grace. On the back pew my family would sit and hear a word from the Lord. It was in this place, among the saints, that I encountered the calling of God on my life.
From the early days of Christianity, there is a sense that the Church consists of not only all living believers, but also all who have gone before us. The author of Hebrews 12 encourages Christians to remember that a “great cloud of witnesses” surrounds us and are cheering us on.
Charles Wesley picks up this theme in his hymn that appears in the United Methodist Hymnal as “Come, Let Us Join Our Friends Above.” In the first verse, he offers a wonderful image of the Church through the ages: “Let saints on earth unite to sing, with those to glory gone, for all the servants of our King in earth and heaven, are one.
I am grateful for those who have gone before me. I am blessed because of their love.