Saturday, October 29, 2016
Saturday Sermonette - All Saints' Day
The upcoming holiday when children go around to their neighbors' houses crying out "Trick or treat!" was not originally meant to be a time when people tried to scare each other, nor is it a time to honor witches, goblins, or werewolves. It began in Europe, probably Germany, in the fourth century to honor all those saints who had graduated to heaven. No, I'm not talking about the people canonized by the Catholic church. I'm referring to Christians, as Paul did. The Bible has dozens of places where "saints" are mentioned, Old and New Testaments alike.
The dictionary defines saint as someone noted as good or holy, although not without sin or perfect. No one but Jesus has earned that degree. Over the centuries, we've come to think of saints as anyone who has died and gone on to heaven, but not a high percentage of people use All Saints' Day to honor those graduates. Several churches (not just Catholic) celebrate on November 1--or the first Sunday after that day.
I'm going to have to find a way to duplicate myself, because they'll be honoring my husband at two churches on Sunday, November 6. A few months before he passed, I moved my membership from the church we'd attended before to the church in the town we moved to. Jack chose to leave his membership at the church he'd attended for several decades. That's probably the one I'll go to, Lord willing and the creeks don't rise.
But I digress. I wonder what it would take to turn people back to the celebration as it was intended. I wonder what the Lord thinks as He gazes at his people getting drunk, dressing up as denizens of hell, and in general acting like anything but Christians.
Father, forgive us when we put the wrong things into our lives and put the wrong things before what You want for us. You deserve much better from us. Have mercy on Your wayward children, dear Lord. For Jesus's sake, Amen.