All Hallows’ Day
The end of October and the beginning of November contain interest for the Church. Halloween has come on the last day of October for centuries. People held on to superstitions about death that were expressed on Halloween. The belief (coming from pre-Christian beliefs) was that loose spirits of the dead came out on that day, threatening and frightening people. This is why Halloween features scary costumes. Today the fear is found more in Halloween movies than so much in kids’ costumes. But the dark focus on death is still there.
But there’s another name for Halloween, All Hallow’ Eve. Hundreds of years ago the Church establish a celebration to commemorate our passed on loved ones’ lives, and their eternal lives with Jesus. No fear here. November 1st is All Hallows’ Day, set aside to celebrate heaven. I have my grandparents, my parents, and two brothers in heaven, and I consciously remember them daily, but especially in All Hallows’ Day.
God does not create fear in our hearts, going against what we have been promised through Jesus. Remember the account of the thief on the cross next to Jesus:
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Like 23:42-43
And also remember that a believer’s death leads to glory.
…I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell. 2 Corinthians 12:4
Forget the fear of darkness and death. God has a beautiful eternity in store for all who believe in Jesus.