{Parenting} My response to ‘On Halloween!’

By: Mandy Hill

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

I recently read a fabulous article written by a mom regarding Halloween! You can find that article here: I would like to share my response to this article.

{This is the only night of the entire year that most of your neighbours and mine are going to come knocking on our doors. The only night.} Isn’t this a scarily obvious, yet hugely ignored fact? This statement, as simple as it is, is packed with so many things to think about. What do you do on Halloween night? Do you open your door with a cheery hello? Or do you shut off your lights and ignore your doorbell?

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Could I challenge those of you who have chosen to sit in darkness? If Christ calls us to be a light to this dark world….why are you hiding your light on this night? “No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It’s put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.” (Luke 11:33-36)

What if you chose to instead embrace this opportunity each year to be Jesus to your neighbours?

This year my husband and I purchased a new home in a new neighbourhood. This was our first Halloween in our new home – YAY! I had the cool privilege of meeting one of our new neighbours tonight when she came by with her little guy (who happens to be the very same age as our little man: Spencer!) After chatting for a bit, she left with the promise to make contact again and try to get the boys together to play. How fun!

As I was sitting in my garage, handing out candy to the floods of children tonight, I began to think of back to when I was their age. Those homes that did not have their lights on seemed angry to me. To an innocent child Halloween is simply going door-to-door around the neighbourhood looking for a handful of candy from a friendly face. Is ‘angry neighbour‘ how you want to be perceived from these little ones!? I think by turning your lights on bright and building trust with your community is exactly what Christ has asked us to do. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

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I love how the mom I mentioned in the above article concludes her post. She says it best: {You may still hate Halloween and avoid it at all costs. That’s fair. It’s not for everybody. But hey, it’s over now so you’ve got a whole year to mull it over. Give Halloween a chance. Be a blessing. Love your neighbor. Even if you think the whole thing is just awful. Jesus didn’t come to redeem a day. He came to redeem lives and all we have to do to be part of that is to love our neighbors. Not preach at them. Not throw Bible verses in the Halloween bag instead of candy. Just love them. It’s so easy. It’s so worth it. And seriously, it’s so much fun. One day this world and everything in it will pass away, including Halloween. What will be left will be lives. If the only chance we have to make an impression on some of our neighbors is on Halloween, we may as well make it the best impression possible. Let Jesus handle the blood and the gore and the death. He’s done it before, after all.}

Father God, thank you for your mercy and your grace. Thank you that we do not need to fear because you are with us wherever we go. Jesus, I pray that we will consider what it really means to be your light to this dark world. If that means being in the community handing out candy to excited adorable kids, God I pray that you will give us peace about that. Give us wisdom to do whatever we do to serve you well. Help us to bring nothing but glory and honor to your wonderful name. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

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