For all the saints who from their labors rest. . .
We thank You and give You praise.
It was You that shaped them,
made them hunger and thirst for righteousness,
So that through their life and witness we would be
inspired by their heartbeat for justice and their tenacious hope
in dark, difficult times.
Thank you for unsung saints–
never beaitified but beautiful in your eye–
whose deep prayer spoke life to dead bones
whose quiet service and tender care
kept us connected to Christ when faith was fragile
and resolution weak.
For their lives we are thankful. Thank-you
for the ways they embody Your Life
and bind our lives to Yours
where we are all bound together
in the unity of the Spirit
through Jesus Christ our Lord.