October 31st and November 1st

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

Happy All Hallowmas day or Happy All Saints Day it’s a crazy thing but we Christians celebrate All Saints Day on November 1st which is after Halloween which is October 31st.

There are a few reasons of how Halloween came about but there is this one reason that I like because it explains something I never knew but wondered. Interestingly enough Halloween is a 6000 years old tradition. It is derived from the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain [pronounced SAOW-en] celebrated on October 31, the day before the Celtic New Year began. Celtics celebrated the end of summer on Samhain. Apparently candy has been around for a long time.

All Saints Day is a Christian festival that celebrates and honors all Saints known and unknown. It is day was set aside for all to pray to give thanks to God for the lives and deaths of His saints. These saints are those individuals that are recognized by the church, or canonized as in the catholic religion, as a saint and is usually an exemplary model or extraordinary teacher and some say that they are “in Christ” and in whom Christ dwells. Methodist believe that saints can be anyone from you great aunt to the guy that lives on the corner as well.

Note: Make sure you get plenty of sleep that night because it’s really embarrassing when you fall asleep at church the next day during prayer because of the sugar crash.

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)