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  • A season to remember

    I love autumn. Some people start getting a bit down but I love the festival of All Hallows. Churches have been a bit off about the All Hallows thing, even though it is actually their festival (no disrespect to any neo-pagans out there). The word Hallows means Saints, and it is a day to remember our spiritual ancestors. It’s followed, on 2nd November by All Souls, a time to remember loved ones who have died. Over the three days we have family party on the eve of All Hallows (hence ‘Halloween’), with lots of games and pumpkin pie. On All Hallows itself we went for an autumnal ramble and visited an ancient church building as well. To round it off, we held a time to remember loved ones on the evening of All Souls. We recognised that grief is a very private thing, although it is something that we all experience, and also that grief does not go away, a loved one leaves an impression on our soul that never fades.

    And so, as the weather turns and the leaves fall, we are reminded of our own mortality, but also that we are not alone, we are part of the great narrative of life. Make sure you light a flame at some point, in your pumpkin head (although to do it properly British, use a carved turnip) or light a bonfire, stand around it, and remind yourself that the light shines in the darkness. Whatever darkness or cold we may experience, we walk in the footsteps of those who went before us, and that we are also held in God’s hand. The darkness shall not, can not, put it out.

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