I’ve never been Trick-Or-Treating.
I know, that sounds crazy, right?
But it’s true.
My mom was one who always did her research, and she knew the actual origins of Halloween. She was always really careful with us kids, and so she didn’t want us to get mixed up in anything more than fun, and she also didn’t want us to be scared by anyone playing any pranks, or wearing really nasty costumes.
So, when we were little, my parents always took us to “The Jesus Loves You Party” at our church on Halloween. There were tons of games and, even better, GADS of CANDY. We came home every year with newspaper bags FULL of candy. And, lets face it, for kids, Halloween is all about dressing up and getting candy!
These days, not much has changed. After work tonight, my hubby and I will load up the car with candy and snacks and drinks and head for the church, where we’ll pull in next to our friends at the “All Treats No Tricks Tailgate Party”. We’ll decorate our trunk, pull out the candy, and hand it out to approximately 700 members of our community who will come out to the church parking lot.
And along with us in the parking lot will be all kinds of folks. Some believe all the deep superstitions rooted in the holiday. Others don’t want to have much to do with it at all, because they feel it’s evil. But here’s my favorite thing to associate with Halloween:
Being a Christian is Like Being a Pumpkin
God picks you up out of the field and takes you with Him. He washes all the dirt off, opens you up deep inside, and scoops out all the yucky stuff…including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. He carves a new smiling face for you and then puts His light inside for the entire world to see.
And that is what life is about, isn’t it? We all have “stuff” that needs cleaned out. Every one of us is dealing with life and the challenges it throws in our face; we get filled up with the things of the world, and our smile is gone. We are not good for anything and may just end up rotting in the field…unless someone picks us up.
As a Christian, I know the joy of having God pick me up, clean me up, and fill me with the light of His Son – but there are hundreds of my friends and neighbors who have not yet experienced this thrill. We can leave them out in the field, or we can pick them up and share our joy. There is not shortage of opportunities to help people find the answer to their needs. Let’s pick ’em up!
Don’t you love that?! (If anyone knows the original author of that analogy, please let me know. I’ve heard it told over and over, and this particular rendition I took from HERE.)
How do you plan to celebrate Halloween? Whatever your strategy for the evening, I hope you stay safe, have lots of fun, and take some time to help those around you! Happy Halloween!