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November Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we approach the end of October and beginning of November, I am reminded of what the Celts call “thin places.” Places where the barrier between this world and the next is slimmer; in-between places where heaven and earth seem to meet in unexpected ways.

This time of year is sometimes referred to as a “thin time,” as the days of All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day approach. In many cultures it is thought that at this time of year, the barrier between heaven and earth is thinner. This is where some of our traditional practices around Halloween and, in Mexican culture, Dia de los Muertos come from.

This year, perhaps more than others, I am finding the rhythms and traditions of the liturgical year comforting. In the midst of such upheaval and change, they can be grounding. Especially All Saints’ Day, when we remember all those who have gone before us to their eternal reward, provides a chance to process our grief and pain at the loss of loved ones.

This is a difficult time of year for many, especially those who have experienced a loss recently. This year I anticipate it will be even more difficult as many cherished traditions are changed and adapted. But we are reminded through these days that we are never alone. We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, who help to support and sustain us through all life’s challenges.

I’ll leave you with a blessing written by Jan Richardson:

All Hallows Blessing

Who live
in the spaces between
our breathing
in the corner
of our vision
in the hollows
of our bones
in the chambers
of our heart:

nowhere can they
be touched
yet still
how they move us,
how they move
in us,
made from the
tissue of memory
like the veil
between the worlds
that stirs at
the merest breath
this night
and then is
at rest.

In Christ,

Pastor Laura

November Chimes

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