Photo is linked to these early days of November when we think of all our loved ones who have died.

Some might say the tradition of remembering those who have died is morbid or strange. It is none of these and is simply a beautiful normal and healthy ritual of remembering with love our nearest and dearest. It is quite simply our way of saying we haven’t forgotten you. It is our way of saying you will always be remembered with love.

On This Day

On Nov 3rd 1991 Ayrton Senna wins the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide and his third World Drivers championship. It became the shortest F1 race ever run (14 laps) because of wet conditions
On Nov 3rd 1992 Whitney Houston released a song “I Will Always Love You” and it became a worldwide hit.

Birthdays Today

Ian Wright (ex Arsenal star) is 59
Lulu (Singer and actress) is 74
Larry Holmes (former boxing champ) is 73
Kendall Jenner (Fashion icon) is 27
Courtney Barrett (singer) is 35

Saint For Today

Saint for November 3rd is Saint Martin de Porres. He is the patron saint of people of mixed race, and of innkeepers, barbers and public health workers.

Significance of Today

Today is World Sandwich Day. It is about appreciating the simplicity of a good sandwich. There is certainly something special about your favourite bits and pieces piled high between two slices of delicious bread.

There is actually a place in England called Sandwich. It was here that John Montagu became the fourth Earl of this particular little English town. John was a well-known lover of card games. It is said that he originally ordered his meat to be delivered to him between two slices of bread so that he would not get his grease laden fingers on the card, nor require a fork to eat. And so we have the word sandwich today.

Interesting Quote For Today

“We are going to have to learn together to ensure none are left behind. We should use this opportunity to create a more equal world, and our motivation should not be based on fear, but on hope.” ~David Attenborough

Did You Know

A dogs sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than humans as they have 300 million olfactory receptors.

Thought on Tuesday – November – 03/11/2022

Thought For The Week

‘Halloween is an ancient druidic holiday, one the Celtic peoples have celebrated for millennia. It is the crack between the last golden rays of summer and the dark of winter; the delicately balanced tweak of the year before it is given over entirely to the dark; a time for the souls of the departed to squint, to peek and perhaps to travel through the gap.’ ~Jenny Colgan

Some say Halloween is silly nonsense, a commercial opportunity and a waste of money. But Halloween has a lot to offer. Children love it and always will. For adults it brings back childhood memories of snap apple and other simple games that still survive. It puts us in touch with the mystery of life and that some things in life are often clouded in darkness.

It put us in touch with the struggle between light and darkness and the struggle between good and evil. It puts us in touch with the passage of time and the cycles of nature which we so often take for granted. The transition from October into November grounds us. It reminds us of our own mortality and that we are simply pilgrims passing through this world.

The wearing of masks is another common Halloween practice. Some of the masks are funny and some can also be quite scary. A good mask will always hide your identity. They are reflective of life too. Often we put on a false mask, we pretend to be somebody else, we try to give others a different impression of who we are. But over time this drains our energy levels, especially trying to be somebody we are not. Why not remove the false mask and just simply be the beautiful person that we are. There is only one of the amazing you in our world. Why hide it? Why be somebody else? Why not let the beautiful person that God created, bring beauty and blessings to others.

Halloween may have pagan origins but the Christian message is wrapped around it. It’s a simple Halloween message that God loves you as you are, encourages and reassures us especially when we struggle with darkness, evil, mystery and the unknown.