Sunday Sessions – The Trinity and Halloween
|October 11, 2009||Posted by Miss Shari under Fall Seasons, Halloween|
The fall season in is full swing. Thus far we have talked about the fall season and apples. In keeping with this theme; there is a neat book written by Joanne Marxhausen regarding the Trinity as explained using apples. Marxhausen uses the three parts of the apple, the skin, flesh and core to compare to the Holy Trinity of the Christian Church – God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Using this book to explain the concept can simplify a complex belief in the Christian God.
Of course, apple picking season is coming to a close and pumpkins, witches and ghosts are adorning lawns and porches everywhere. My front lawn even has some spooky characters hanging around this month.
One would ask, “Are you really into Halloween?” “Are you a witch?” I would have to answer yes and no. And no I am not a witch nor into wicca or any other pagan beliefs. I think that my celebration for Halloween is as harmless as kids in costumes looking for sweets.
However, there are some that would argue my defense of Halloween as just another kids’ holiday. I know it has it’s roots in pagan and even sacraficial rituals. And I think eventually kids will realize its roots and history and come to terms with it. With proper grounding and faithul guidence children can enjoy Halloween and it can be as innocent and fun as the much debated Santa Claus is for Christmas. No one can argue that all the songs, silly games, costumes and candy is any kids dream. The thematic event keeps the scholastic ventures upbeat and kids attention focused. For teachers, this can be a great learning and teaching opportunity.
For parents, Halloween can be a cross roads between the pagan, secular and Christian beliefs. However, Harold Myra writes about Halloween in his book Halloween – Is it for Real? Myra discusses how the Chrisitan church celebrates All Saints Day and how Halloween can be a time of fun and games and not a celebration of dark pagan ritual. It also cal for children to recognize the Holy Spirit as a comfort and strength, not a force to be feared. I think that Halloween and fairy tales are something that children need to be able to take with a grain of salt – seriously a well grounded child will be able to identify those things that are fantasy, reality and harmful. So let them celebrate and have fun this fall and Halloween. Be sure they trick or treat safely. Fear not, it is just Halloween and the Holy Spirit will be your guide, comfort and protection. Isaiah 41:10