In honor of All Saints Day, I share this prayer with you adapted from one by the World Council of Churches.
Gracious God, we thank you for the many people who have followed your way of life joyfully: for the many saints and martyrs, who have offered up their very lives so that your abundant life may become manifest and your kingdom may blossom.
They chose the way of your Son, our sibling, Jesus Christ. In the midst of trial, they held out hope; in the midst of persecutions, they witnessed to your power; in the midst of despair, they clung to your promise.
O God, we thank you for the truth they have learned and passed on to us. Give us courage to follow their way of life. For your love and faithfulness we will at all times praise your name. Amen.
Grace and peace,