The other night, I was walking with my Marmee at a local outdoor plaza. It was a lovely evening~ Marmee and I were in our skirts, and they fluttered like autumn butterflies in the breeze=) We meandered in a photographer's (Fisk, I think is his last name?) exhibit, and then headed towards the parking lot. A few feet from the parking lot, we came across a small make-up shop, where I actually shuddered at what was coming towards me.
Now, I don't know about you, but honestly, whitish looking ghoul faces is not my idea of all things lovely and pure.
Please, don't get me wrong~ I am the first person to volunteer to dress up... and I find nothing wrong with kids dressing up and going door to door to get candy.
But it's the origin, the reason, and what it's become that I don't understand and believe in.
I don't know how many young children showed up on my doorstep this evening, under six years old. They probably have never understood the concept. They just understand that one night of every year, they make a yearly trek around the neighborhood in costumes, and people give them sweet stuff. But who knows? Every time I heard a knock on the door, I took a deep breath... and prayed for the child, or even adult.
But oh~ there are also the little joys!
One little (four year old?)girl in particular, and her twin brother. Walked up the steps to our home, wide-eyed, and then grinned in delight. The girl dressed in her princess costume, and her brother in his little suit and superman's cape (which I deemed adorable!). So innocent. So sweet. So joyful.
Chester just loved them. He sat there, wagging his tail. They didn't even see him, and then as they were leaving, he gave a pitiful moan. The little girl saw him then, and literally squealed, "OH! Look at the DOGGIE!!!" The mom, of course, came back and ooh-ed with her daughter. Chester sat up. And fell down. And whined. And wagged his tail harder. And the little princess tried so hard to pet (she was so tiny she couldn't reach over the gate to keep the dogs in) him. And she was squealing the whole time.
Finally, she left.
And at the car, on the way down the hill, you could hear her squeal to her brother~ "Did you SEE the doggie?!?!"
Such pure joy.
The Five Scariest Things You Can Do This Halloween
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. (Proverbs 8:13)
- The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to not make light of evil. Halloween was conceived in evil and has remained a celebration that uses children to promote a fascination with darkness and superstitious fear. Simultaneously, it makes light of things that the Bible describes as evil. Stand against such things, and the world will find you very scary indeed. The fear of the Lord makes men turn from evil (Proverbs 16:6).
- The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to not be fearful. The media wants you to be afraid of everything from overpopulation to global warming. The politicians want you to be afraid of the economy and political instability. God wants you to do what is morally right, trust Him completely, and never be gripped by an ungodly spirit of fear. You can place your trust and hope for this nation in the King of Kings. Jesus said: “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him” (Luke 12:4-5). Believe this, and you will be light to the world.
- The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to completely skip Halloween and remember Reformation Day. It was 494 years ago that Martin Luther nailed his world-changing 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church. These theses included rebukes to ungodly fear and superstition. 502 years ago, sometime near October 31, a baby named John Calvin was conceived who would dedicate his life to eradicating an ungodly fear of superstitious beliefs and proclaiming the gospel of grace. His emphasis on reformation, revival, and the sufficiency of Scripture had such far-reaching implications for nations like the United States that he has been described by Christian and secular scholars alike as the true founding father of America. The Reformers did something that was very scary to the world of their day. They stood against all forms of dark superstitions which grip the minds and souls of men. It was their emphasis on the fear of the Lord and the wisdom of Holy Scripture that was used by God to liberate untold numbers of men and women. But to remember the Reformers instead of Halloween is very scary to the world. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).
- The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to refuse to watch or allow your children to watch any of the toxic Halloween and horror films emerging from Hollywood. America’s fascination with ungodly fear has made horror the most popular and fastest-growing film genre among youth. When parents allow their children to toy with this genre, they promote ungodly fear, and they contribute to the fear-factories in Hollywood that prey upon the youth of our culture. Say “no” to Hollywood horror and you will be dangerously scary to the media elite. “Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence....?” (Jeremiah 5:22).
- The scariest thing you can do this Halloween is to get on your knees as a mother and father and pray that the Lord will send you many children who will fear God, not man — children who will especially shun the glorification of witchcraft, the bondage of ungodly fear, and the “cute-ification” of evil that is promoted through holidays like Halloween. Cultures that toy with evil end up being cultures of death. The Christian response is to be a people of life. That means babies. It means fearing God by honoring His command to “be fruitful and multiply.” It means remembering that the Scripture describes children as a “blessing” and a “reward.” Raise children that fear God more than man, and that will be answer enough to our Halloween-and darkness-obsessed culture; for if you trust God over your womb and commit your children to a holy education, you will be very scary to the modern world. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:11).
Oh, I am so in love with Jesus!