Happy Halloween! (2014)
“Halloween” comes from the phrase “hallows eve,” which literally means “holy evening.”
Considering the general theme of Halloween over the past 50 plus years that I have been aware of it, the meaning is quite ironic.
Apparently, it was at one time considered the holy evening before the November 1st Catholic holy day called “All Saints’ Day,” a day to commemorate and celebrate the holy lives of those saints who passed on before us into the rewards of eternity.
With that thought in mind this year, I offer this exhortation for those who wish to celebrate Halloween in a more literal tradition:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,
let us also lay aside every encumbrance
and the sin which so easily entangles us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Heb 12:1-2 NASB)