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UpBeat Spiritual Living: Halloween and Pumpkins

October 31, 2010

Much has been said about Halloween, the short name for All Saints Eve or All Hallows Eve.  In various cultures, around the last day of October, there is a day to honor all the departed, sometimes communing with their spirits.  It is said the veil between the living and the departed is very thin at this time of year.  Some fear this effect and some welcome it with parties, skull-shaped décor, and costumes.

So what view can a contemporary person of faith take at this time?  Here’s a variation of a seasonal piece that has been traveling the Internet:

Being a good person is like being a pumpkin.  From life’s garden, God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the extra garden stuff off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff — including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a bright new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.  Now it’s up to you to keep shining your light [Matthew 5:16].

Enjoy the Light!

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