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So today is Halloween – some celebrate it and some don’t.
I’m aware of the holiday’s pagan roots and yes, there are some parts of it I don’t love (scary werewolf faces with blood hanging from its fangs, anyone?)
But you know what I do love about Halloween?
How it brings neighbors and friends together.
We live in a neighborhood filled with children and Halloween becomes a two hour street party in the ‘hood – it’s the last hurrah before we all start to hibernate in our homes for the winter.
We gather for jack o’lantern-shaped pizzas and marvel at costumes then we’re on our merry way.
By the end of the night, there’s inevitably a meltdown or two (or ten) and someone is mad that one of their siblings got more candy than they did.
The snap broke on my costume and how dare anyone not have their porch light on and these shoes hurt my feet . . . I’m guessing if you celebrate Halloween, you know this drill, too.
But on the other hand . . . we make memories. Our children remember their neighborhood friends’ costumes from last year and they remember theirs. Each of them wears a sparkle in their eyes, revealing to the world how excited they really are – even if they’re really cool.
What’s not to love about the thrill of free candy?
And I’ve heard the naysayers and I understand their point and respect it completely.
Yet I truly believe if we want to encourage others to follow our God, we need to meet them where they are – without condescension and without making it look like it’s no fun to be a Christian.
So instead of focusing on the legalistic side of Halloween (and please know if you choose to abstain, I’m not suggesting you are legalistic. I’ve just heard some fire and brimstone arguments in the past that make me think it does more damage than good), I’m going to focus on the good that comes from it:
Like the pack of ninjas on the front lawn . . .
And their super-swanky ninja moves (check out Spencer on the far left . . . Love. It.)
Like the sweet girl who will soon think costumes like this are dorky . . .
And precious friends who are like family.
Yes, like anything, there’s a downside to Halloween.
But I would rather focus on the upside.
Happy Fall/Halloween to you, friends . . . May this evening be filled with being His light and making memories.