Today is Halloween….also known as All Hallows Eve. Today is the day before All Saints Day.
One might wonder which one came first….
Halloween finds its origins in All Saints Day.
Legend has it that early Christians would dress up as death the day before All Saints Day. They would scare one another and cause each other to laugh. All of this was to emphasize the promise they held- eternal life. On Halloween, they laughed in the face of death knowing that they held the gift of eternal life.
Today, over 9 billion dollars is spent on Halloween in the US alone. We celebrate with candy, costumes, creatively decorated trunks!
In the midst of fun today we remember the true origins of this day and give thanks to God for the Saints in our lives. We also hold onto the promise that they are not dead but alive in Christ.
This week in worship we find ourselves nearing the end of the “Bible in Twelve Words.” This week the word is, “sensation.” We will focus on the poetry of scripture found in the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. The Psalm we will read is one often read at funerals, Psalm 23. The words are: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and staff they comfort me. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and in the house of my God, I shall live forever.”
This week we remember that the Bible is not simply a story but is also a song. All the Psalms were written as songs. These writings were used to strengthen and inspire God’s people.
Today I pray that this poem reminds you of God’s great love for you and God’s great plan for your life! May we all find comfort that we will live in the house of the Lord FOREVER!
If you have time in the next few days take a moment to listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sing a beautiful arrangement of Psalm 23: