Today is October 30. The day known as All Hallows’ Eve. The day before the world renowned Halloween, or All Hallows’ Day. Something else I just learned Halloween is also, All Saints’ Day, as noted by BBC – Religions, and the Catholic Church.org.
I am not Catholic; however, having grown up in the church in a different denomination, Halloween was never referred to as All Saints’ Day. Even today the church I attend does not promote Halloween. Many churches promote Fall Festivals, and the now popular Trunk-or-Treats.
I will admit, and most likely will receive a frown from my pastor and bible study teacher, I like Halloween. I like the fun of hay rides, bonfires, pumpkins, carvings, costumes, S’mores, ok and a scary hay ride is fun too. Scary, but fun. I like the Disney Halloween movies, and some of the Classics. It is part of the season. Where I live now we don’t have pumpkin patches, or orchards, and the leaves really don’t change. However, the weather in October brings a crispness to the air by removing the high level of humidity that is the typical blanket of air. Fall and winter where I live bring with it fantastic hair days!
Last night my boyfriend and I went on a scary hay ride, and after we left he made a comment, “You know what’s really scary? Life and all that comes with it.” Yes, it can be.
That comment triggered a few scenes in my mind’s eye. Some of the scenes that began to come alive were:
- A person close to me was just let go from her job. The reason – she didn’t learn fast enough.
- A good friends husband has a progressive stage of ALS – enough said.
- Another person I know with 2 small children is struggling to make ends meet and just had her power cut off.
- Another person lost all her savings and at a stage where retirement should be closer. She finds herself in a rebuilding stage.
I’m sure you could add to this list. Those in those shoes I’m pretty sure if Frankenstein, A Werewolf, the Scream character, Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, or Jason, showed up at their door it would be nothing. The things they face – are much scarier.
Wasn’t he right? Life is scary.
Yet what I find scarier is this scene:
“I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.” Rev. 20:12 NLT
We hear over and over – live for today. Just do it. But, on this All Hallows’ Eve – the thing that remains the scariest is on the Day of Judgement – we will all be judged according to what we have done.
I can hear the church people standing in contention saying – Jesus has forgotten, and forgiven our sins. Yes, I agree. However, God is clear that all will be judged according to their deeds. Does not matter who you are – From the Apostle Paul to the homeless man on the streets. You, and I too – judged. SCARY.
After proclaiming and confessing that Jesus is Lord.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, is it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” Ro. 10:9-10 NLT
I believe a lot of people come to Jesus thinking he is the ticket to winning the lottery. He is in the sense of:
- Securing your eternal life in heaven
“For everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” Ro. 10:11 NLT
- Interceding for you
“Christ died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” Ro. 8:34 NLT
- Giving us an advocate for the wisdom we need
“When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” Jn. 14:26 NLT
But He is not, in the sense of having a life living in the rose garden. He tells us to be prepared, things will get tough.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way…” Ja. 1:2a NLT
“…There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a while.” 1 Pe. 1:6 NLT
So friends, I agree – Life is SCARY. And the Haunted Hay Ride we may be on takes us through:
- Loss of loved ones
And many more, but one thing remains constant –
“The LORD is for me; so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Ps. 118:6 NLT
And that, my friends, is NOT SCARY.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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