Halloweening the Reforming Saints, or what happened to 500 years of no fear. Well, Halloween is upon us and the great pumpkin is about to rise from the patch, so that we can be spooked once again, except for all those thrill seekers who have to be spooked continually on their electronic devices. I say with certainty that there are nasty, ghostly things because I have had to deal with them. Or rather, I have had to call upon the Lord to deal with them for me. I will not go into it, but a few times in my life, the supernatural on the bad side has reached out to me, and fool that I was at those times, I reached back. Touching evil means leaving the safe confines of God’s care through angels, and seeking the lord of the flies, the prince of the air, the old dragon, the devil himself. And once he appears, you will never forget the experience. I realize this puts me at risk—both for being seen as a nut and also as one who may be misunderstood as some sort of religious fanatic. I am neither. I am a sinner who has been brought through the darkness into the light of Christ Jesus. Never mind what I have seen or experienced. Every place on this earth has angels and demons, and the Lord protects His children by keeping the latter away by the power of the former. If you want to see a ghost (really a demon from hell and not your dear departed Aunt Agnes, who is in heaven) God will let you do that. But why expose yourself to such hell, when God has better plans for you? We celebrate All Saints ’ Day, not praying for or to those faithful who have been received into heaven, nor placing food or other victuals for our dead relatives, as this is animism or ancestor worship at the very least. They are with the Lord who saved them by His precious blood and innocent suffering and death—He, Jesus, punished for our sin and sinfulness. They are in bliss and peace. No more tears. No more suffering. No more sorrow. No more sin. The sinner-saints who have passed from this vale of sadness are with the One who brings us gladness, so that with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify His glorious Name and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God of Hosts!
Please pray this prayer: I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.