Crossing Boulevard

with Rev. Rachel

18 ENOUGH LIGHT TO SEE    - Ephesians 1

When I struggle to write out my own words, it is either time to take a week off or to spend more time with others who have had something to say. Sometimes you can find your own voice as you experience others exercising theirs.

This is one of those weeks. I am back where I started, with Jan Richardson, her reflection on this this time of year, and still feeling the feeling best described as “yes – that – what she said”.

For many years, the trinity of days encompassing Halloween, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day, has been a thin place in the landscape of my year.

The ancient Celt believed that the veil between worlds became especially permeable at this time. In something of that spirit, I find that these days offer an invitation to ponder the past. Not with a desire to return to it, or to second-guess it, but with a mindfulness of what has gone before...

It’s this kind of impulse that gave rise to the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. Recognizing the ancient habit of looking to the past at this time of year, the church created new ways to remember the dead with practices in which we can still hear the echoes of the ancient celebrations.

Each culture that observes these feast days continues to add their own layers of meaning and mystery. My own observance of these days usually includes setting aside some time for quiet, for remembering, for prayer, for doing some writing that’s just for me. And good food, of course. And lighting a few flames.

What stirs your memories in this season? Who are the folks, living or dead, who linger close in these days? Whom do you gather with?

The entry with a blessing,

May this week offer you a thin place and a gathering of good spirits.*

Yes – that. See the great gathering. Number the saints. Among them are these, your celebrated ones, whose light will soon shine through Boulevard’s windows.

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