Lovers of pumpkin spice, college football and Halloween are mostly who I see on social media and television.
Unfortunately, if you’re in the south, neighborhood pools are still open and families posing for pumpkin patch photos have on sunblock and tank tops.
(My youngest daughter)
Even if it’s our fourth summer, autumn and winter are my most favorite times of year.
I love colder weather for many reasons:
- the crisp, clean air
- no bugs
- no humidity for my naturally, curly hair
- the colors
- being able to drink coffee without a hot flash
- low risk of sunburn for my Casper-like complexion
- all of the holidays that come with this time of year
- No bugs (worth mentioning twice)
This morning, I was reading in Jeremiah from my one-year Bible.
Before I knew it (and wished I could focus 😂) I had opened WordPress and titled three different blog posts.
I would love to be able to type as fast as I think.
Also in the one-year Bible today is this verse from Colossians 3, which struck me as so fitting based on the direction of my thoughts.
And this leads into my main topic… Halloween. 🎃
I scanned through about a dozen articles that either make the argument for Christians to turn off the lights and close the doors on Halloween, or ones that encourage us to use the night to be a light to the world for Christ.
Here are my thoughts:
- What other night of the entire year do so many neighbors and friends just walk out of their houses and go up to total strangers?
- How easy would it be to invade the darkness of the night with the Light of the World?
- Why let these crowds of opportunity be wasted?
Sure, there’s evil all around Halloween, but the last time I checked, we live in a fallen world with an enemy and his demonic forces running to and fro seeking whom they may devour…365 days a year.
The world is evil every day, so why should October 31 be a date on the calendar where Christians retreat away from everyone else?
I say we should refuse to close ourselves off from the world on this day – or any day – because the Bible says in Matthew 24:
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left.
Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.“
Personally, I don’t want to be found closed up in my dark house, when everyone else is walking around outside…
looking for a Light.
It’s now 10.28.18 and I am just finishing this, but I’m glad I waited because these handouts were at church today.
What a perfect way to close out this post!
Light of the World – Lauren Daigle
Go Light Your World – Chris Rice
Heaven on Earth – Stars Go Dim
But here’s where my new story starts
Set on fire for all to see
Break me down, build me up again
Don’t leave me the way I’ve been
Take my heart into Your hands
Come and finish what You began
‘Til I seek Your kingdom first
‘Til I shine, shine
Like Heaven on earth
Your Wings – Lauren Daigle
Shine a Light – Elevation Worship