Just for fun, I looked up the real meaning of Halloween as I recalled it was a holy day. It turns out that Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy day of All Hallows' Day (also known as All Saints' Day or Hallowmas).
As a kid I loved dressing upon on Halloween, pretending to be someone else, hiding behind my ugly rubber mask as I ran door to door with my scary friends. As a serious trick-or- treater, I combed the neighborhood carrying a pillow case to haul my stash. It was fun to roam in the dark, greeting other masqueraders, and even more fun to return home and dump the goods on the living room floor. There I would begin the task of separating the best from the plenty. Milky Way, Snicker bars, Milk Duds, boxes of candy corn, were all keepers, all the rest Mom confiscated in the name of dentistry, doling them out to my brothers and me over the coming months.
Now it's interesting to reflect on how we each parade around in these physical costumes as we go through life, but that we are more than we know. Within each of us is the eternal Spirit of the Divine, All Hallowed, made perfect in the image and likeness of God. I can't think of a better treat...can you?
Happy Hallowmas Day!
Love and joyful blessings,
P.S. This new visitor was at the Park this morning--the wood stork! They fish in an unusual but effective way. Opening their beaks under water, they wait for a fish to pass by, then snap their bill shut like a mousetrap. The fish are small mostly minnows, but the wood stork is patient and waits for the right time to act, again and again. A message to stay open for opportunities nearby no matter how small--there will be so many, you'll be fulfilled. (Just like the accumulation of Halloween candy, door to door)