A Light in the Darkness (Especially on Halloween)

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
~John 1:5

According to the calendar, today is Halloween.

And while there may be some disagreement about whether or not Christ-followers should participate in Halloween, we know God asks us to live as light in the midst of darkness.

So here are just some easy-to-implement suggestions of ways to redeem this day– Halloween.

1)  As a family, research Reformation Day, which is also October 31st, and spend the day learning about and celebrating it instead:

–Read Martin Luther Little Lights: What Should I Do?

–Add in some fun crafts or activities that go along with Reformation Day.

–If you have older children, watch the movie Luther together.

2) Decide that your family (and your home) is going to be a literal light in the darkness.

–In a society where neighborhood relationships, community and interaction is becoming more and more rare, use tonight as an opportunity to leave on the lights and to connect with neighbors that you might never see or talk with otherwise.

–Make sure your porch is well lit and have a candy bowl that is full of “good candy”.  Take time to meet and interact with each parent and child who arrives on your doorstep.

–Consider making or purchasing little bags of pumpkin treats (muffins, bread, or cookies) to take around to give your neighbors.

–Make plenty of hot apple cider to hand out to the parents of trick-or-treaters.

3) Get a jump on the season of Thanksgiving.

–We know it’s God’s will that we “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:18) so shift the focus to giving thanks– today.

– Check out these 7 Mini Challenges for helping your children become more thankful.

–Start your own collection of Jordan River Rocks.

–Print out a foldable count-your-blessings-card for each family member and start the counting today.

–If you’ve been in the Valley of Massah (grumbling and complaining)…read through this list of verses together as a family and ask God to grow an attitude of thankfulness.

4) As a family, commit to– “Letting your lights shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”   ~Matthew 5:16

–Buy or make seasonal treats to deliver to teachers at the your child’s school or to the staff at your church and make sure you include a note telling them how thankful you are for them.

–Choose one family that you know has been struggling with sickness or financial difficulties and bring them a surprise dinner tonight.

–As a family, use the afternoon to help a neighbor who needs some leaf-pick-up help.

–If you know of family with younger children that don’t have grandparents in the area, offer to watch their children for a fun movie-popcorn-trick-or-treating-night so that the parents can have a date.

5)  Above and beyond all, remember that God’s light triumphs over darkness.

…even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.  ~ Psalm 139:12

And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.  ~ Isaiah 42:16

–  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  ~John 8:12

May each and every one of us live as light in the midst of darkness, for Him, today.

Blessings,
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  1. Melanie@carmelmoments.com says

    I love what you wrote. “Decide that your family (and your home) is going to be a literal light in the darkness.”
    It’s so hard to decide what is the right thing to do. How can I be a light?
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Love your suggestions, Kara.
    We can choose to hide behind our doors, or gather only with our Christian friends, but how can we be those points of light if we do?

  3. Melinda Todd says

    We will be serving at church tonight. Parents get free espressos and the kids get to play games and get candy in a warm, safe environment. Every year we get new families who start attending our church from this event. And the church is transformed and is an amazing wonderland, I’ve spent everyday down there for 10+ hours a day helping put it together! It is so much fun! This is a HUGE opportunity to serve in our communities! What other day of the year do the people COME to you? I can’t wait to get dressed up and go have fun serving.

  4. Lisa Sharp says

    I understand what you are saying and even believe that some of the things you suggest are truly things we Christians should do, but:

    1. Martin Luther ended up attacking the Jewish people (God’s chosen people)and told his followers to kill them.

    2. If you suggest looking up the history of Reformation Day, why not take an honest look at the history of Halloween?

    3. Deuteronomy 12:29-32 NKJV says: 29 “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. 32 “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it”
    This means doing the things that unsaved people do on Halloween, no matter what you choose to call it, is still doing what they do. You can’t simply try to put God’s name on it and make it okay. Too many Christians believe that if they change the name (like the church Harvest Party) or put their own little twist on it that it is now okay to do the same things the world does. These verses say otherwise.
    God says we are to be separate from the world. We are not supposed to take part in the same things the world does, we are not supposed to act like them. We are supposed to be different in such a way that they SEE the difference. There is too much compromise going on today. God says He will spit the lukewarm believers from His mouth. I am not purposely trying to be a downer, I am just simply trying to point out how easy it has been for the world to suck the church into its way of thinking so that the believers are now compromising the Word of God. One doesn’t have to give in to the pressure of the world, of our neighborhood, or our ‘friends’ to conform in order to be ‘accepted’. We only need God’s acceptance. We need to be strong and teach our children to be strong – seek the truth which only comes from His Word.

    • Anna says

      I agree!!!!! Halloween is full of crap and Christians are getting more and more sucked into it all in the name “of being a light!”

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