I am taking 3 days off to do a self-retreat beginning All Hallows Eve and continuing through All Saints Day and All Souls Day. I will not be answering calls, emails, Facebook notices or blog comments. During this time I will pray for the departed while a candle burns in my home. I am working from home this week and able to set aside 15 minutes each sunrise, afternoon and sunset for prayers and remembrance of the departed. In the deeper, quieter times of night I shall spend some time on reflection and recollection these three days call us to. I will also be doing a partial fast so that I slow down and truly focus on the presence this time of year creates and is waiting to remind us of: the links between life, death and the hereafter. If any family or blog friends wish to have me include one of their departed family members in the remembrance please contact me by email no later than the evening of Tuesday, October 30th. You may also comment here. The comment will remain private and not processed for public viewing. This invitation is extended to anyone of any background or faith.
On a lighter note, here is a poem about the lighter side of Halloween and the Jack O’Lantern.
With love to all my family and friends, and peace be with the spirits of our Beloved Departed.
My Friend Jack
by Rick W. Cotton
Jack comes every year to visit me,
And his grin just makes me smile.
Nearly toothless, he doesn’t care.
He happily laughs all the while.
Eyes glowing in mirth and merriment,
He makes this time of year happy.
Though he’s not much in conversation,
And he has no repartee snappy.
Jack just stays for a few weeks
Every year when the leaves turn yellow.
He’s as welcome as he could possibly be.
He’s quite the fun old fellow.
Now the sun goes down and the moon comes up,
And the costumed monsters come calling.
Light a candle to get Jack going!
Fast! The eventide’s falling!
All Halloween night he sits with me,
Grinning to greet the neighbors
‘Til his candle’s gone and he goes to sleep.
These are hours that I truly savor.
So long old Jack, tomorrow’s November!
We’ll see you again next year!
When you come to visit from the pumpkin patch,
We will all be waiting right here!
“My Friend Jack” by Rick W. Cotton
Mr. Moon and Jack O’Lantern
from My Book House, Vol. 6, pg. 33