Halloween – Trick or Treat?

In the pageantry of All Hallows Eve (shortened to Halloween), the forces of darkness are given one final fling. This video reminds us of its Christian origins. The truth is: the Light is far stronger. (Here I explain the thinking behind the video.)

Thanks so much to 10 of those for suggesting the topic and making the video possible. Thanks to Sam at Cinematic Tide for directing, shooting and editing an absolute beaut. And thanks to Josh Lucas for an awesomely dramatic soundtrack (hear more of his stuff here).

Please do share the video on Twitter and Facebook etc. (You might like to wait until late October?) And please consider using the video in church, youth group or for Bright Parties etc.

Vast armies undead do tread through the night and
In hordes march towards hapless victims to frighten.
They stumble in step with glass-eyes on the prizes;
Bunched hither, hunched over in monstrous disguises;
In sizes not lofty but numb’ring a throng;
To unleash on their prey the dreaded DING DONG.
Small faces with traces of mother’s eye-liner,
Peer up to the resident candy provider.

And there to intone ancient threats learnt verbatim;
They lisp “TRICK OR TREAT!” Tis their stark ultimatum.
Thus: region by region such legions take plunder.
Does this spector-full spectacle cause you to wonder?
Just how did our fair festive forebears conceive,
Of this primeval practice called All Hallows Eve?
The answer, if anyone cares to research,
Surprises, it rises from old mother church.

On the cusp of the customary All Saints Day
The Christ-i-an kinsfolk made mocking display.
These children of light both to tease and deride;
Don darkness, doll down as the sinister side.
In pre-post-er-ous pageants and dress diabolic,
They hand to the damned just one final frolick.
You see with the light of the dawn on the morrow,
The sunrise will swallow such darkness and sorrow.

The future is futile for forces of evil;
And so they did scorn them in times Medieval.
For this is the nature of shadow and gloom;
In the gleaming of glory there can be no room.
What force is resourced by the echoing black?
When the brightness ignites can the shadow push back?
These ‘powers’ of darkness, if such can be called,
Are banished by brilliance, by blazing enthralled.

So the bible begins with this fore-resolved fight;
For a moment the darkness…. then “Let there be Light!”
First grief in the gloom, then joy from the East.
First valley of shadow, then mountaintop feast.
First wait for Messiah, then long-promised Dawn.
First desolate Friday and then Easter Morn.
The armies of darkness when doing their worst,
Can never extinguish this Dazzling Sunburst.

So… ridicule rogues if you must play a role;
But beware getting lost in that bottomless hole.
The triumph is not with the forces of night.
It dawned with the One who said “I am the Light!”

 

Posted on by Glen in gospel, My videos, videos

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I'm a preacher in Eastbourne, married to Emma.

12 Responses to Halloween – Trick or Treat?

  1. Dave K

    “this is the nature of shadow and gloom in the gleaming of glory there can be no room.”

    Love it. Excellent video! I will pray it gets spread far and wide.

  2. Glen

    Thanks Dave :)

  3. Annie Carter

    A high quality, thought provoking video. Thanks for taking the time to make this, nice work :) Will definitely share this around October.

  4. Glen

    Thanks Annie. Welcome to the blog :)

  5. Bob Graham

    Thanks again Glen, we all need to be reminded that light wins over darkness. Blessings….

  6. Glen

    Thanks Bob :)

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  9. Martine and Adam Horvath

    What a creative witness! Very professional and polished job – no doubt it took a lot more to organise and make than the 3 mins it took to deliver so effectively. Thanks for all your hard work and may God Bless honour this witness richly, you, all those involved and hopefully the hoards of people who watch! Adam and Martine.

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