The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.Romans 13:12 NLT
The ancient Celts celebrated their new year at the feast of Samhain. It marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. They apparently believed that on that last day of October, the world of the dead and the world of the living were at their closest proximity, and some spirits would pass from one realm to the other. This was generally a time to be celebrated, remembering loved ones who had passed over. In case some of your departed relatives should visit from the realm of the dead, you would want to put out food for them to snack on while they’re here.
On the other hand, if you had offended someone who then died without resolving the conflict, they might visit you on this night and do mischief of some kind. To avoid this, you could paint your face and try to be unrecognizable. Over the centuries, the Church has made numerous attempts to sanctify this holiday, and by now it’s pretty tame by comparison. There is, however, one thing to remember: when dead spirits try to harm you, it’s important to be wearing the right costume. How about we take this Halloween Sunday to join in the assembly of the saints and polish up our armor. As Paul said, “remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.” Let’s get dressed up!