In-Sight: For All The Saints

     On this All Saints Day, my mind and heart turn to “the great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1).  In particular I am thinking today about Benedict of Nursia, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Francis and Clare of Assisi.  I am drawn to them not only because of the richness of their respective spiritualities, but also because the Wesleys integrated many of their qualities into early Methodism.  Their influence permeates the Wesleyan tradition of which I am a part.
     These ancient saints, and many others besides, are ancient lights guiding us into future renewal.  They speak an encouraging and enlivening word to us today.  I hope you are reading from at least one of them in your daily devotions.
     In the Oboedire archives (see the sidebar) you will find my extended comments on the Rule of St. Benedict.  I may eventually write similarly in relation to Bernard, Francis, and Clare.
     This is one advantage of a blog over Facebook.  You can always use the “Category” box on the sidebar to follow a specific theme.  Occasional posts do not get lost in the Facebook feeds. So, give a look to the archived writing about the Rule of Benedict.  You will be enriched as you do so.
     And use today to give thanks for the saints and to weave the threads of their witness into the tapestry of your life.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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