The Revs. Smiths’ Message for November 1, 2020

Dear Friends,

Two items to listen to this week.

“All Saints’ Day” (1888) by French painter Émile Friant (1863–1932); from the collection of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, France; taken from the Wikimedia Commons.

Firstly, as the pandemic stretches on, an addition to our pandemic playlist, “The Keep Going Song” by The Bengsons (apologies for the one spot of rough language towards the beginning, but still worth a listen).

And secondly, for all the saints, Sunday is All Saints Day. Frederick Buechner describes a saint this way: “In God’s holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints.” (p. 83, Wishful Thinking, A Theological ABC, Harper and Row, New York, 1973). As we contemplate the handkerchiefs God has dropped into our lives, listen to these words from Fred Rogers, as he accepts his Emmy Award.  We may be repeating an earlier Tidbits, but this time we have it in Mr. Rogers’ own voice.

For all the saints, Hallelujah!

Revs. Bob and Helen Smith

A version of this message first appeared in the Friday, October 30, 2020, edition of Tidbits.