Of all the classic songs we hear around Christmas time Silent Night is some of the most peaceful and focused tunes. The story of how it emerged is humble and beautiful, just like its words. If we take a minute to truly listen, its meaning will rise and well up in our hearts.
Halloween is a fun, annual tradition when kids of all ages dress up and walk down the streets in their best spooky attire, scavenging for candies. Houses are decorated, horror stories abound and many adults do their best to join the fun by either giving out candies to the trick-or-treaters, dressing up, or both.
Like most other holidays of the year, stores are happy to make it their own by selling their Halloween-themed goods and this now widely commercial holiday promises fun, thrills and laughter for the whole family. But where did it start? Should Christians be concerned by its roots? Should we celebrate it or take part in any of it? Here are some answers.
The temperature was just right, a summer evening like I love them. My pal and I sat outside with our friends, amused, as they bombarded us with questions they couldn’t keep to themselves. “You are young and healthy, and you’ve got your life ahead of yourself. What is it that you need in this Jesus thing?” They couldn’t grasp how we could rejoice in Christ, nor what pleasure we could take in our new-found faith.