Some of you may or may not know of a TV moment that happened decades ago: A scene wherein Archie Bunker snuck his grandson off to baptize him secretly. While the whole scene is not good theology, there is something to the dialogue and the interaction that make it unforgettable, and perhaps even sacred in some way.
But my favorite part is the last little bit. Archie looks up to the sky and says, “Well Lord, I hope that took…because they are going to kill me when I get home.” In other words: “God, I hope this faith really does what you say it will, because my death is near.”
All Saints Sunday is the celebration of that very thought. We worship our creator and ask the important question – did it take Lord? Was the baptism you provided good enough? Good enough for my mom, my son, my friend, my sister, my grandfather and all those that have passed on before me?
The answer is that of course it took, and that was “not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) Thanks be to God for the gift of all the saints, and of our lives too.
Grace & Peace,