We recognize All Hallows Eve for what it really is, a bit of Ireland come to America, a day for giving good gifts to children, and for allowing ourselves to be children again, a day for giving anything that spooks us a healthy dose of Easter laughter. In your prayers on All Hallows Eve you might think of ways that your new life in Christ still gets tangled up with your old fears and spooks. You might ask God for a fresh breath of Easter this fall. You might laugh with God at the silly things that frighten us.
S o … when a child rings your doorbell dressed in a red devil’s suit or peeking through the eyes of a ghost’s sheet, remember: thanks to our Savior’s victory Satan has much less power than a chubby child in decorated red pajamas.
Adapted and used with permission of the Rev. Jonna Jensen, Central City Iowa United Church of Christ.