Soul Pastor was telling us the other day about standing in line at an airport and listening to one of those know-it-all types telling his companions that Hallowe’en was a Christian holiday… fortunately someone set him straight. But considering that October 31st is the anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses on the Wittenburg door, maybe it ought to be a holiday of some sort. Len remembers, on the eve of All Saints Day. As for that day, as Jamie Howison put it, “Contrary to what you might imagine, All Saints doesn’t just act as a combined feast day for all of the big-name stained glass sort of saints… rather it commemorates all those who have shaped and formed us; both the well known and the lesser known people of God.” I love the idea of a feast to celebrate the “unknowns” in that “great cloud of witnesses.”
Back on to Hallowe’en, Robbymac posts some great thoughts even if some of them are technically John Fisher’s. I’ve thought about our religious history with Halowe’en… I recall some years back before we had kids, the church we were in would hold these ‘alternative’ parties for their kids to dress up in (nice costumes only) and attend. Finally one year nobody planned it in time and there was no alternative event; this was the year that the senior pastor decided to give away hot chocolate in his garage, and had a great time meeting his neighbours who all filed past and were happy to take a warm beverage on a chilly evening. After that, there were never any more “alternative” events. This year we did the same as last year… we packed up our kids and their costumes, darkened our lights, and headed off to… Missional Chickie’s house, where we took our kids went out trick-or-treating together and we also lent a hand to her efforts in serving up hot chocolate on her front lawn, as they’ve done every year for the past several. It seems that people in the neighbourhood know their house for the fact they can get hot chocolate on Hallowe’en, and several people remarked about past years. I don’t know what’s up with our neighbourhood, maybe just the fact that there aren’t a lot of kids on our street, but there are only about two or three houses on our whole bay that have their lights on and serve up candy on Hallowe’en.
Trivia of the day: from what movie is the famous line, “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Who said it? Image of the day goes to Kevin Cawley’s jack-o-lantern photo… I laughed out loud, my wife just wrinkled her nose at it.
After the whole candy-collecting operation, the kids did what all kids do at such times, digging in to their hoard. Ours don’t go overboard on candy all that much, and a while later, our four-year-old asked me for a snack. I was a bit dumbfounded why she would sit on a couch with a bag of candy beside her and ask for a snack, but she selected “toast” from the brief menu I offered. And a glass of milk. She was pretty tired, and on the way home she reminded me that she still wanted something else to snack on when we got home. “Something healthy, like carrots,” she said. “Carrots are pretty healthy. Like yoghurt.” Okay, for the record, she gets all this from her mother. Me, I’m wondering if she’d notice if I swiped a couple of chocolate bars from her stash.
The Trivia answer if you’re still pondering, is The Fly, and Geena Davis.
Puking Pumpkin was great. I did something similar last night — carved the letters “CSI” into a pumpkin, and draped all the guts from the lid down over the sides and piled the rest in front of the pumpkin itself.
Neighbourhood kids loved it, although my kids carved more pleasant things and pronounced me “deeply bent”.
Hey Bro, thanks for joining us! It was a great evening enjoying the neighbours (especially the neighbour who provided the “flavoured” coffee ;)).
Saturday while carving up our pumpkins, my kids (6 yrs, 4 yrs, 2 yrs) and I discussed the presence of evil in our world. The two year old didn’t say much and the four year old was pretty focussed on the pumpkin guts (he’s a boy of course) but my six year old girl piped up with “Mom, you don’t like Halloween because evil gets celebrated but you like it because we get to dress up and have fun and be kind to our neighbours and give out hot chocolate.” Could it be that she’s not just spouting the party line but it’s sinking in? Could it be that we all could raise our kids to know that “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” and that we don’t have to hide from the evil in our world but we can be a part of dispellng it? I don’t know. Seems too radical :).
As for me, not only do I not feel infected with “the spirit of the world” as I hang out with my unbelieving friends and neighbours but I feel energized in my faith as I attempt to be radically loving and involved like Jesus was. And I could go on… but alas, kids call and I must close. Thanks for your blog Bro.
I thought Corey Feldmans character in Goonies said â€œBe afraid. Be very afraid.â€? ?