Although it was Halloween yesterday, I hardly thought about it. For one thing, I live in an area with a lot of older people and few children.
Looking back, I grew up with a dwindling relationship with Halloween. As a child, I remember dressing up as a pirate and going to my mother’s job for a party. Later on, the church I attended had a party but we dressed like people from the Bible so there were a ton of shepherds, prophets, and the like in blankets, sheets, and pillowcases. Further as I got older, we stopped celebrating it completely and started to attend a “Harvest Celebration” at a church in the country. There we would sit around with some of the other kids and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows or hot apple cider. We’d watch a young adult Christian film, and then later on go on a hay ride. Finally, the day just passed by like any other day. It wasn’t until my nephew came along the day recaptured some meaning for me again. Who doesn’t love a baby or a young kid in a costume? They’re the cutest. Now ten years, nephew went to school as Wolverine without the claws.
So my relationship with Halloween is non-existent. Maybe if I ever have kids I may do something. But until then, I closely associate October 31st with Reformation Day.
Yesterday’s show was quite good actually. My guest Martin Murphy, is a
really smart guy theologian, pastor, author, and publisher. His mission can be wrapped up in a single sentence: Get the Church as a whole back to biblical basics.
Parker is a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind. Visit her website at parkerjcole.com