"All Hallow's Eve..."
"All Hallow's Eve..."
This week, we have the opportunity to celebrate an important Holiday. Our culture sees Halloween as a time to dress up, play games, make merriment, eat sweets, and get into mischief. You may find your Pastor celebrating in the festivities tonight at the Portsmouth Halloween Parade! For people of faith, there is another dimension to this particular day of remembrance.
We call it All Hallow's Eve...in Mexico it's called Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)...it's a time when we honor the thin space between the world of the living and the world of the dead...a time to remember loved ones we've lost...and a time to find ways of connecting with their spirits. The very notion of that conjurers images in our minds of seances and ghost hunters...but those are Halloween-related images. Our images for understanding this celebration have less to do with "supernatural" activity and more to do with the Sacred Act of Reconnecting with Community. Those who have gone from us do not need to be forgotten...nor do they need to be thought of as lost, or torn away...there are ways God blesses us with the presence of our loved ones...no matter how far away they may seem.
This Sunday is Heritage Sunday at our church, and during both the 8:00a.m. and 10:00a.m. services, we will be celebrating the legacy of our church--turning 303 years old this year!--as well as remembering the Saints who have passed on before us. Part of our celebration will be a Ritual of Remembrance, reading the names of loved ones whose earthly lives have ended in the last year. If you would like us to purchase a flower in honor of someone you love, and read their name at one of our services, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide their name (and yours) so they will be included.
In the meantime...give yourself some space...some thin space...to let the spirits of our Beloved Community bless you with their presence. Take some time to sit in silence...light a candle...listen to music...discover the dimensions of human connection that we cannot always see or touch.
God be with you in your journey this week,