The Rev. Dan McCall: Focus on the spiritual nature of the season

Will you observe Halloween this year or will you focus instead on All Saints’ Day?

 

All Hallows’ Eve falls on the 31st of October each year and is the day before All Hallow’s Day, also known as All Saints’ Day in the Christian calendar. The Church traditionally held a vigil on All Hallows’ Eve when worshippers would prepare themselves for worship with prayers and fasting prior to the feast day itself.

The name derives from the Old English ‘hallowed,’ meaning holy or sanctified, and is now usually contracted to the more familiar word Halloween.

Halloween is quite a popular celebration in America and many are content to think about all of the fun things associated with it, such as trick-or-treating, Jack-o-lanterns, colorful costumes and other fun things.

Those who want to move ahead in the Christian life are wise, however, to focus instead upon the spiritual nature of the season. On All Hallows Eve and Day, let’s give our attention to the biblical understanding of life, death and what lies beyond. Let’s spend some time with the Bible teaching on such subjects.

Following this approach may give us new insights and deeper understandings of God, death and life. I pray these blessings for you, as for myself.

 

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