Thought for the Week, October 30 2020

Thought for the Week author Marilyn Shedden

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Tomorrow is Halloween and once again the virus precludes the children from their usual activities and parties.

There will be no opportunity to go guising into the houses of the neighbours and no fancy dress parties.

Yet this will not stop our young people having fun.

I have been so impressed by their resilience throughout these difficult months and their lack of complaining.

The folk in our local villages have also been inspiring and innovative in their thinking.

There will still be the opportunity to show off their costumes and enjoy some treats. Gardens will be set up with fairy lights and turnips lit up to show a grizzly grin in the darkness as the children will lift our spirits once again.

I have already come across several hand painted rocks with scary faces, lurking in various places as our youngsters won’t be thwarted.

I hope their laughter and sense of fun will cheer in these uncertain times and bring us hope.

We have turned the clocks back once again and this is a stark reminder of dark days ahead.

Yet we are a people of hope and on Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day and reflect on the courage and the faith of those who have gone before us.

We don’t just remember the famous saints like Andrew and Peter, Columba and Brigit, Augustine and Paul, and so many others.

We also remember our own folk – the good folk we have loved and lost who made this earth a better place, and whose spirits stay with us while they rest in God’s closer presence on that other side of time. And you don’t need to go guising, for God loves you just as you are.