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Monday, November 2, 2009

For All The Saints


In honor of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) I thought I would share this poem, honoring saints both living and dead.  Yes, there are saints among us. 





by Leonard Eiger

There are saints among us;
They come into this world,
Children of God,
People of flesh and blood.

They walk the earth
With humility;
Doing justice,
And loving kindness.

There are saints among us;
Some we barely knew in life,
But in their deaths
They live on in our hearts.

Revered by some,
Hated by others,
Always loved by God;
They gave of themselves.

There are saints among us;
We feel the mighty wind
Of their collective works
That lifts us up, gives us hope.

Working in different ways,
But all with one purpose;
That others may live,
That others may be whole.

Oh, there are saints among us;
And we praise their names
With all our hearts
And all our voices.

So let the bells toll
in joyous celebration
for all the saints,
known and unknown.

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