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A Prayer Meditation for All Saints Day by Safiyah Fosua:

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We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you
Irrespective of whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting homes
Exactly where your name was lifted and adored.

We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Robust hands and these gnarled with age
Holy hands
Made use of as wave offerings across the land.

We thank you, God, for hardworking saints
Irrespective of whether difficult-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned,
Blue-collared or 3-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our youngsters to come.

Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices created by these who have gone just before us.
Bless the memories of your saints, God.
Could we discover how to stroll wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and appreciate.

(Supply)

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