It’s that spooky time of year again: ghosts and ghoulies and all things that go bump in the night! And even if we make a conscious decision to ignore Halloween, it is well nigh impossible to avoid running into the commercial trappings of this ancient and once deeply spiritual celebration as we venture into our local high street or the mall. In the Northern hemisphere night falls early and the gloomy, dank days inspire dark thoughts and heighten fears.
Not so in the sunny Southern hemisphere, although this does not mean Halloween isn’t celebrated or that the real meaning of the occasion has disappeared. Across the world festivals of light are celebrated now – the accent being on the victory of light over darkness. And I would like to focus on this aspect of Halloween in my message this week.
2014 has been such a dark year for so many parts of the world and for so many individuals, but this difficult passage will not last forever. While hope and prayer are not enough for the journey, it would be impossible without the belief that the struggle, the suffering and the loss are paving the way to better, brighter times.Light must always triumph over the darkness.
27th Oct 2014 - 2nd Nov 2014