Today's blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:
Ten days away and creeping closer: a tradition dating back thousands of years, brought by Irish immigrants, first to Scotland, later to North America, and now to the four corners of the Earth. One could easily say it spread like Christianity. We call it Halloween, and it may be one of the most misunderstood holidays in this country. The idea of wearing costumes was originally devised to ward off evil spirits that would roam on this day, looking for souls to steal. The best way to defend yourself was to look like an evil spirit: costumes!
This past week, I caught up with our friends Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills of Sleepy Hollow. They find a boy suffering from a rare disease, and the boy is not from this century. Their search for answers leads them to the lost colony of Roanoke, now known as North Carolina.
The lost colony of Roanoke is a historical fact. It disappeared without a trace, along with all inhabitants, including Virginia Dare (also mentioned in Sleepy Hollow), who in August 1587 was the first child of English parents born in the New World. We don’t know much about Virginia Dare's short life because the Roanoke colony vanished!
At the end of 1587, having established his colony, Virginia's grandfather John White sailed for England for fresh supplies and was not able to return until August 18, 1590, Virginia Dare's third birthday. He found the settlement deserted, the buildings collapsed, no trace of his daughter or granddaughter, or any of the 80 men, 17 women, and 11 children who made up the lost colony of Roanoke. Poof! All gone.
Abbie Mills, the detective in Sleepy Hollow, has questions about her faith, as is true of most people, including me. A battle between intellect and spirituality; for me, it is a constant struggle. The brain says faith is impossible, but the emotions feel it, know it, and believe it, but lack the ability to convince the brain, which believes only what can be proven.
Abbie struggles with the same interior battles, even as she and Ichabod Crane battle evil that is trying to destroy the world. Abbie’s brain and emotions collide, like so many of the rest of us. We know we are, at all times, fighting tangible evil as well, but we think that if we deny it, maybe it doesn’t exist.
As for our friend Ichabod Crane returning after 250 years, I leave you with this question: Have you ever recognized a place you’ve never been before, felt you already knew someone you just met, or had the feeling this (whatever “this” is) has happened before? I have always had a feeling I lived before. What about you?
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