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Rector's Reflection for October 31, 2013

posted Oct 31, 2013, 1:41 PM by Parish Administrator

All Hallows Eve

Ghost Hunters, The Dead Files, A Haunting, My Ghost Story, Celebrity Ghost Stories

These are just a few of the shows (Ghost Hunters being the oldest) that entice television and internet audiences with the promise of paranormal experience.  Millions tune in each week to be intrigued by the hunt, to hear stories that make their spine tingle, and to see “proof” of hauntings. 

I never watch any of these shows.  And I always find myself caught up short when I am asked if I believe in ghosts.  My general reply is “What do you mean by “ghosts”?  And that question leads to all sorts of other questions, mostly questions about about life and death.  Are our bodies simply shells that get cast off when we die?  How much of our consciousness is contained in our flesh?  If there is an afterlife (and I believe there is) why would anyone want to stay attached to this one?  Ultimately, how connected is any individual person to any time, space or place? 

It isn’t that I discount other’s experiences of strange shadows and “things that go bump in the night.” It isn’t that I think that everything can either be proved or discounted based on the scientific method.  I am a person of faith.  I believe that there are many things that are beyond my knowing and explaining.   For me the matter is this:  when it comes to the things that frighten me, global warming, nuclear weaponry, and killers without conscious rank at the top of my list.

Maybe there are ghosts in our world.  Maybe we are surrounded by them every minute of every day.  I don’t know.  What I do know in my heart of heart, I confess: “For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord, and if we die, we die in the Lord.  So, then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s possession.”

That’s good news to me.  And I’m happy to share it….even with ghosts.