North shore beauty. : )
The pumpkin party last night was SO fun. LOTS of laughter and THAT is a very good thing. : )
With Halloween coming up on Wednesday, I tend to think that a lot of Christians wonder what in the world to do with it. We are to be in the world, but not of the world. When our son was young we did do the trick-or-treating thing. I made costumes and he and his friends went to get their candy, came back to our house, and sometimes had overnights depending upon whether or not it was a school night. That was well over 20 years ago - it was never what Halloween has become today - I wouldn't have allowed it if it was. I heard the statistics of how much money people spend on this "holiday" and it's pretty sad. More like outrageous! And the stuff they're spending their hard-earned money on is disgusting.
My husband and I go for our neighborhood walks and there are some houses that keep in line with the Autumn decorating - pumpkins, orange lights, mums, scarecrows, you know, pretty and cute - and then we have the houses that have gravestones all over their yard and skeletons hanging from trees and witches flying, not to name the really gross stuff. Slowly our world is turning towards the gross, the scary, the wicked, and the sad part is..........they're buying into it. The makers and producers of all this evil stuff are loving it. We've become so desensitized by the whole thing. Many people don't see the harm in any of it and it's literally scary.
So what do we, as follows of Christ, do with Halloween? Yes, we can turn off the lights and go downstairs and not answer the door if they knock (which we have done for the past couple of years). But Halloween is not going away (though I wish it would). We are going to try something different this year and I cannot take the credit for it. Our church suggested that we use that night as an outreach - to greet our neighbors and get to know them and them to know us. To show people that our home is a place of morals and standards by which to live (not in a condescending way, but a proper genuine way). A safe place to be in case someone should ever need that. So we're going to give it a try.
Years ago, I used to subscribe to "Family Fun" magazine (I don't even know if it's in publication anymore), but as soon as our church was talking about outreach, I immediately thought back to an idea in the magazine about this very thing (only they didn't call it outreach - LOL). It's so strange that this idea came to my mind after all these years (coincidence? - I think not). The idea was to set up an inviting table in front of the house by the front door where people will be passing by and offer hot apple cider and cookies, along with the treats that would be given to the children. The apple cider and cookies would be for the grown-ups and would show hospitality to them.
We may not want to encourage this (so-called) holiday, but we have also been called to be salt and light in the world and our neighborhoods are a very good place to start. Maybe YOU can begin today to try and think of something that will be bold and loving and show others that you care about them - make the environment around you pretty and Autumn-like. Extend kindness. You just never know how your actions will change someone else when God is with you in it. Which is a very important start - begin today by praying for what God would have you do. For how He would want to use you for good. And then begin to pray for those who will come around (the children for the candy and the parents who are with them). Let's make a difference this year! : )