by: Rich Vaughan
As you read this devotional, tomorrow, October 31, is Halloween and Sunday,
November 1, is “All Saint’s Sunday”. Halloween is also known in the church as “All
Hollow’s Eve”. Why? Well the simple fact is that the word “Halloween” is derived from the term, “All Hallows Eve”. All Hallows Eve began as a time in the church of “prayer and merriment” where the church celebrated the lives of its Saints. All Saint’s Day became an official celebration sometime in the 5th century A.D. Early Christians would go door to door receiving small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for the dead of each house they visited. The reality of All Hallows Eve and All Saint’s Day is the simple fact that it is a time when we remember and celebrate the lives of those who have gone on to be with the Lord.
Today the church celebrates each person’s life who have died in the last year. Being saved through faith and covered in grace has made each of us a “saint”. In keeping with that theme I would like to share a Halloween/church story that you have probably seen on social media, but bears repeating here. It is called “The Pumpkin”.
“A lady had recently been baptized. One of her co-workers asked her what it was like to be a Christian. She was caught off guard and didn’t know how to answer; but when she looked up and saw a jack-o-lantern on the desk she answered: ‘It’s like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch and brings you in and washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. Then He cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff from inside. He removes all those seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all to see.’”
I don’t think I have ever looked at a pumpkin the same since I first heard that story. I know I have never heard a conversion story put quite that way! But I love her message and hope you enjoyed it as well. It certainly explains how you can go from being a sinner to a “saint”.
So, have a great Halloween, All Hallows Eve, and All Saints Day. And may we all let our light shine before the world that they will see our good works and glorify God! Because in the end, there is a saint in all of us just waiting to “shine”. Amen & Amen!