Halloween for Saints
Let's talk Halloween. Yes, Halloween. Possibly the least favorite holiday for most Christians. At the very least, the most controversial one. Halloween is a time to celebrate and challenge fear. A holiday thwarted by many Christians as repulsive, diabolical and shameful when celebrated. But I challenge you to start looking at Halloween differently. I'm calling on you, fellow Saints, to see it instead as a day we choose to look our fears in the face, call them out by name and tell them, "I'm not afraid of you!"
- Fight our lies with the truth.
- Remember who we are.
- Remember where we came from.
- Remind ourselves where we are going.
And we can use this season to engage in this process! There are three days right in a row that work perfectly to remind us of this purifying, light-shining, soul-awakening process. Halloween, All Saint's Day, and All Souls Day - also referred to as Allhallowtide. Let's walk through the three days and see how we can reframe them for our good.
On Halloween we will fight our lies with the truth, by using our "Fighting Words":
I will fight the lies with the truth
Keep my eyes fixed on you
I will sing the truth into the dark
I will use my fighting words
To fight, we will call each of our personal fears out - by name. Write them down. Look them in the face. Admit that we're afraid. Next, we search for biblical truths that diminish each of those fears. That prove our fears have no power over us. It might be a different verse for each fear, or a powerful verse that moves your spirit and chases away all the fears. Write the verse(s) down. Put it(them) next to each fear. Allow the truth to push the fear away. Then, when you're ready, have a fear bonfire. Burn them. As you watch, repeat the truth(s) that God, the all consuming fire, gifted you through scripture.
Fears burnt, God's power remembered, we march with confidence into All Saints Day. The day we as Christians don our costumes - suiting up in full armor and proudly waving our flag. Let's see this as a triumphant march. The day we march in victory. In victory because of those Saints who've paved the way for us. In victory because we march to join their ranks. In victory because we remember who we are - Children of the Most High God. Chosen. In victory because we remember where we came from - knitted in our mother's womb. Planned and created for a purpose. Overcomers of much and more to come. In victory because we know we are no longer slaves to fear.
With these truths in our hearts, we march onward toward All Souls Day. We remind ourselves where our march ends - in heaven. Where we will live in eternity with a Father whose love knows no end. Where we will meet up with those who have gone before us. Where our fears have no power and Satan has no foothold. Where our spirits sing in enduring worship to our King.
Saints, its past time to reshape and reclaim this time of year as a spiritual reawakening. Let us proudly "sing our truth into the dark," proclaiming our service to the One True King as we march in victory toward the ones who have gone before us. In one voice we proclaim:
Your Fellow Saints in Christ,
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