Tradition or Truth?
Today’s photo displays the creatively decorated altars that are seen during Days of the Dead across Mexico in October and early November. You’ll see these colorful altars all over the communities in open garages, homes, and businesses, as well as on graves in cemeteries. I took this picture inside a business in 2016.
Remembering their loved ones who have passed away, the people of Mexico take November 2 as an opportunity to celebrate the life of their relative. The altar consists of a picture and favorite foods of the deceased, along with candles, bright yellow flowers, and other handmade decorations. Drinks are placed on the altar to quench the thirst of the dead, supposedly after their long journey back home.
Families gather and remember their loved one by telling favorite stories about them, singing, and eating together in celebration of their life. However, some take it much further than just a celebration. They believe that the souls of the departed return to earth to visit with their families, and to provide council or give advice to family and loved ones.
That’s why God called us to live in Mexico. To build relationships with these beautiful people, and to tell them the truth about Jesus Christ. To share with them how they can make a decision to accept and follow Christ now, and lead their families to do the same. A decision that changes their life on earth, and their eternity.
Then, they can REALLY see their loved ones again one day… in heaven.
We’re in the U.S. for a couple of months right now, and I really miss all the festivities of the people of Mexico in October! The panadería stores (bakeries) are busy making the traditional pan de muerto (Days of the Dead bread). Businesses are humming with activity as they make and deliver beautifully painted ceramic skulls of all types. To the delight of all the children, the stores are fashioning delicious sugar skulls for home and school parties.
There’s lots of fun to be had!
And lots of Truth to be told.