Today is October 31. So, it’s Halloween. An annual holiday celebrated in the United States as well as some other countries.
The word “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.” It appears Halloween has its origin in ancient Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots. Later the Catholic Church, as decreed by Pope Gregory III, designated November 1 as a time to honor saints, so October 31 became known as “All Hollow’s Eve.” Continue reading
“Seeking holiness rather than happiness is a hard thing to do in the culture in which we live,” wrote John Maxwell, “because so much is geared to happiness—whatever makes you feel good. In a secular society, happiness is the aim of life. In a spiritual society, holiness is the thing that we strive for….Happiness is really found in holiness. But if we try to bypass holiness in our search for happiness, we’ll miss it altogether. Happiness is a by-product of holiness; it’s a benefit of living a pure life, rightly related to God, self and others.” Continue reading
“I do not find that Sunday is a hallowed day in and of itself. Acts 20:7 and Hebrews 10:25 do not–at least explicitly–say the day is hallowed. Why do so many of us consider the day “the Lord’s day,” or “hallowed?”
This question, from a reader, is the second of a two-part question that I began answering in yesterday’s post. Both were motivated by Monday’s “Word of the Week: Hallowed.” Continue reading
Did you hear about the father who was listening to his son say his prayers one evening?
The little boy began, “Dear Harold…”
Quickly, the dad interrupted and said, “Wait! Why did you call God “Harold”?
The little fellow looked up and said, “That’s what we learned in Bible class.” Continue reading
Hallow. It isn’t a word commonly used today. When the model prayer of Jesus is repeated, we say, “Hallowed be Thy name” (Matt. 6:9). More often the word is identified with the last day of October, in which we in the United States refer to Halloween, which means “all Hallow’s Eve.” Continue reading