Wim writes….

Shining Lights

Our Autumn months in the UK are usually
marked with festivals such as Harvest,
Halloween and Bonfire Night. Some of the
celebrations during these events seem to
originate from an ancient, Celtic, spiritual
festival called Samhain. It was a celebration
that marked the end of the harvest and
ushered in ‘the dark half of the year’. It was
believed that when the days shortened the
barriers between the physical and spiritual
worlds would break down, allowing more
interaction between humans and the
inhabitants of the otherworld.
Questions about this otherworld remain today:
Is it still relevant?
What happens when we die?
Do other spiritual beings really exist?
Should we pay attention to the darkness or
can we simply ignore it?
When it comes to physical darkness the answer
is pretty straightforward. It is essential for nature
and humans alike. Most creatures are in need
of darkness to get a healthy, regular sleep and
nocturnal animals need it to survive. But when
it comes to darkness in a spiritual or emotional
sense we probably prefer to avoid it and direct
people towards the light.
At St John’s we want to give special attention
to this season. Rather than glorifying a spiritual
darkness or death, we will emphasise this
period as a season of SHINING LIGHTS. A
season where you can light a candle and
remember loved ones that are no longer with
us. At our regular church services, we will
explore the way the stars are depicted in the
Bible as spiritual beings. We will look at both
ancient and modern portrayals of angels and
demons.
Why not come along to any of our church
services to discover more about spiritual beings
and their role in our world and how eventually
the darkness is unable to overcome the Light
that shines forever.