Tomorrow is All Saints Sunday in my congregation. I love this Sunday, for many reasons. I love lighting the candles. I love remembering. I love saying the names and knowing some of the stories of the particular saints in my own congregation.
I don't know why it has never occurred to me before how close All Saints is to Election Day. But on Sunday I will be naming names and lighting candles and talking about the hope and witness of the saints. On Tuesday it will be Election Day. Many have already cast their vote, or will cast their vote.
To be perfectly honest, this election feels different for me. There have always been negative ads. There has always been passion. There have always been both hope and fear. But it feels different this time. Fear seems to have the edge over hope. We are witnesses, but what are we witnessing?
Maybe a better question is this: What do we hope for?
Tomorrow is All Saints Sunday, and as I light the candles, I will think of the hope of the saints. I will consider the hope of the saints as the hope for a better city, a place of abundance, where the table is set, where all will be fed, where all will recognize the beauty and value of the children of God.
But the hope of the saints is not limited to that better city. That hope lights my way right now, even when fear grips me. The hope means that whatever happens on Tuesday, I will live hoping for a world where the poor are blessed, where the weak are protected, where there is enough for the hungry. I will live looking for ways to provide shelter for the homeless and for the refugee.
Tomorrow I will light the candles. And remember that I am a witness too: I am a witness not to any particular political candidate, but to the love of God. Every candle is a witness: against fear, but mostly -- for the victory of God.