it is true, i love Jesus and i celebrate Halloween. i don’t think that is an oxymoron. i know some families who chose not to celebrate Halloween and that is a choice they have made for their family. i am not trying to point fingers or convince everyone my way is the right way and the only way – i just want to let you know why i chose to celebrate Halloween. three things:
1. TO BE A LIGHT. as believers we are called to be the light bringers. we are ambassadors bring hope & Good News to a dark world. we ARE the light to the world (Matthew 5:13-15). this holiday may be very dark but i believe that is all the more reason to be the neighbors that greet the trick-or-treaters (all of them regardless of the quality of their costume, their age, their weight, their size, their attitude) with a lit poach, good candy, and a warm heart. you do not have your neighbors coming to your door everyday to meet you – they only do this once, why miss the chance to truly love your neighbors?
2. TO REDEEM THE HOLIDAY. just because darkness is prevalent does not mean that it should win. if we run away from the holiday, will only the scary houses be left, the gore inspired costumes and movie marathons? i don’t want that. i want to keep the joy of dressing up like our favorite things – princesses, firefighters, super heroes, favorite book characters, and animals. i want smiling pumpkins to decorate the homes that give out full sized candy bars and make everyone’s “best houses to go to” list!
3. TO HAVE FUN. i enjoy dressing up, having costume competitions, handing out candy, eating candy, carving pumpkins, and spending time in community. we can chose to sit in the basement in the dark alone ignoring the doorbell and the holiday hype OR we can have fun, be a light, and redeem this holiday. i like the later.