02 November 2019
The Hallowed Days ~ All Souls
Greetings Dear Reader,
Some cultures refer to today as the Day of the Dead. There are few things that are inevitable and none as certain as death. We are all born owing a life. We all have that appointment with the end of this part of the journey. My first published novel, Chronicles of Thanatos, the Reaper, is an attempt to explain the vital role that death plays in life.
We think that what matters is possessions and our physical life. People acquire, exercise, and indulge whilst focused primarily on this mortal aspect of our pilgrimage back to the Father. What we seem to have lost along the way is the value of every single soul. We seem memes that make light of the death of others. We cheer when political enemies die. We speak ill of the dead when we know they cannot answer our accusations. We have lost respect for the soul along with our respect for life.
If we are to hallow any aspect of the human experience, it must be that we seek to hallow the soul. It is for the sake of the soul that we care for the body, respect the heart, and attend to the physical needs of others. It is for the benefit of our souls and theirs that we are to live in love, grace, and compassion.
It is also vital to understand that there is nothing in life that is separate from this hallowing. There are no issues, agendas, or endeavors that are segregated from the journey of our souls back to God. There are no secular issues and it is after death that we must account for how we have used our lives. It is true, therefore, that “how we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.” There is no death that does not impact us all even if we do not see it.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. – John Donne
We must all be involved in mankind Dear Reader. Every soul that I encounter must matter to me. Every encounter is my opportunity to be good to that soul. It is in being good that we find the reserves of love we need to feed that difference and weather the diminishing. I have a friend whose son is fighting for his life. I have never met the son. Still, his struggle is mine as well. He is a life, created and loved by the Father. That is enough for me to care, pray, encourage, and live among the bells as if they are all calling for me.
We will turn toward gratitude tomorrow. For today, however, let us pause to honor those who have gone before us. More so, let us breathe a prayer of gratitude for those who travel with us, invest in their lives, and hallow all things with love in every moment. Let us hallow our lives to gratitude, love, peace, and joy that is called for by these Holy Days.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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