Spirits, Saints, & Souls
All Hallows’ Eve | October 31, 2016
Tonight is Halloween where all across the world people will be attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, sharing scary stories, lighting bonfires, bobbing for apples, visiting “haunted houses”, and watching horror films. (News reports today indicate that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump costumes are trending this year.) Meanwhile, candy-craving “little monsters” (with apologies to Lady Gaga) dressed as puppy dogs, princesses, super heroes, ghosts, goblins, and witches will all be swarming countless neighborhoods, ringing doorbells, and saying “trick or treat?” So, what does any of this have to do with nexus prayer? Read on.
NEXUS PRAYER & HALLOWEEN
Before commenting on and providing a brief history of Halloween and Allhallowtide from a Christian perspective, please allow me to share a few ways I believe we can all benefit from practicing nexus prayer on All Hallows’ Eve…
First, through nexus prayer, we are connecting to and communing with God (Elohim) – the Creator of the universe; the Creator of light. Light and darkness are often used as metaphors for good and evil in the bible. On Halloween, a night that society often associates with evil and darkness, it’s worth remembering that not only did our God create light Genesis 1:4-5, but He is Light! “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12. And although it is true that Satan can disguise himself in the world as an “Angel of Light” II Corinthians 11:14 he has no dominion over us as Christians. Light¹ always dispels darkness, and that is especially true when we are connected to God through nexus prayer.
Secondly, there is a Martin Luther connection to both nexus prayer and Halloween. Psalm 46, which includes “Be still, and know that I am God” (v10) – the foundation of nexus prayer – begins with “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” It is this verse that inspired Martin Luther to compose his (arguably) most popular hymn: “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress is our God.) Interestingly, October 31 (1517) is also the day that some believe Martin Luther defiantly nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. Consequently, October 31st is also a day celebrated by many Protestants as Reformation Day, paying homage to Martin Luther.
Lastly, being still, silent, and just “be-ing” with God create the foundation of nexus prayer. This stands in stark contrast to the merry-making, partying, and trick-or-treating of Halloween. And as some on October 31st intentionally seek out the dark side, attempt to channel evil spirits, and connect with the dead through séances, Oiuja boards, and such like, we can find solace and comfort in connecting our human spirit to God’s Holy Spirit through nexus prayer.
Now, as promised, here is a primer on all things Halloween.