Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. Not just because of the costumes and candy but because it is a holy time when we explore our deepest desires and fears. It is also a time I remember my mom, who passed away when I was a teenager. What does Halloween mean to you?
Recently, with Thanksgiving getting closer on the calendar, I have had a line from a song stuck in my head. “Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One”. This is a worship song heard often in church when I was a child. I didn’t question the words when I was younger but this year I have been wondering about this “grateful heart” I keep singing about. You see, in our North American wellness culture—something promoted by companies selling us ointments, activewear and books, and the easy-to-digest proverbs on sites like Instagram—I worry we are conflating gratitude and happiness.
Complaints about youth vandalism have led to worrying comments. Youth need support instead of criticism verging on violence.