Friday, November 4, 2022
Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 12:1
“We come to cemeteries because they remind us of God; they help us make sense of our lives and our moments in time. The God of the universe has a plan, and looking upward to him keeps us grounded. But the slowly bending arc of eternity can also provide such a long perspective that we feel infinitesimal and insignificant. What draws me to lift the latch, open the gate, wander the distance is what lies at my feet. It is the lingering sacred scent of departed souls that gives me perspective; it roots my feet here on earth while helping me sense the presence of these men and women who, according to the Christian teaching of the communion of saints, remain very much alive and connected to us, the living.” Dori Moody
Dori Moody’s thoughts help me escape the creepy ambiance of my culture’s Halloween obsession.* She crafts a perspective beyond the reach of Count Dracula and every other Balrog of the deep. Thank you Ms Moody for your thoughts.
By reason of the calendar scary stuff now takes a break in terms of haunted cemeteries, vampires and werewolves. Hocusing and pocusing sisters (contrived words to be sure) retreat for another year. A friendly neighbor initiates the transition.
Their front yard removes the orange lights. Gone are air-filled spiders and off comes the webby-stuff which was covering most of the bushes. The immediate replacement: “Hello to Christmas elves and candy cane lights.”
Santa? Maybe he comes later? Manger scene? Zip.
Life Application Question: When you consider a cemetery you think of … ?
Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
*from Modernretail.com, October 10, 2022.
“Retailers are seeing Halloween sales hit record levels this year as more people participate and purchase an array of seasonal products.
“The National Retail Federation anticipates Halloween spending will reach $10.6 billion in 2022, exceeding last year’s record of $10.1 billion. About 68% of consumers plan to participate in some sort of Halloween celebration, compared to 65% last year, 58% in 2020 and 69% in 2019. In response, retailers in the Halloween space have responded by continuing to come up with Halloween-themed merchandise, and ensuring inventory is keeping up with demand.”
Commentary: Certainly appears to be a cultural obsession in our 21st century western world.