Monday, October 15, 2012
Some Thoughts About Hallowe'en, Easter and Death
Sam is always asking to see where "the dead guy is buried" (I think having the coffin carried down the street in front of our house made quite the impression) and also talking about "the decorated house." And when he first saw that house (and yard full of gravestones) he said, "That house is decorated for Easter" and that got me thinking.
The world believes that to rise again is scary and gross, and only our decomposing bodies would rise with our minds altered. Christians know that the resurrection of the soul to live with God in Heaven is the long awaited promise of redemption and we have faith "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1). The juxtaposition of the house decorated for Hallowe'en across from the simple grave of the priest has just made me think about death -- the world's view, my beliefs as a Christian, and how the two stand in contrast to each other. And Sam's continued interest in both places keeps that contrast at the front of my mind.