Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas—October 27, 2016

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PM“From ghoulies and ghosties, long leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us.” (Scottish prayer) The hours of daylight are getting less and less, and nights are very long. Leaves on the ground and still clinging to trees rustle and blow with cold winds, or are matted down by rain. It is the time when hearts turn more inward, toward soup and hearth, All Saints Day – and Halloween with all its fun and spookiness. We may warn, ‘Beware the dark places, and tread lightly near cemeteries, lest...’

There is a Rector’s Challenge for the younger set this coming Sunday: “Why do we dress up in costumes for Halloween?” Elders, feel free to help the process. This might also be a good time to have an age appropriate discussion about some of the things that frighten us, and how to best handle those fears. Jesus said over and over to his followers, “Do not be afraid,” and reminded them God was always with them. The same holds true for us – God is always with us, no matter how dark and scary the darkness may seem.

Let us pray: Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of the night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen ----BCP page 123

Peace and blessing,

Carol+

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