As Halloween comes around year after year, I am continually amazed at our culture’s making light of death and darkness, and even glorifying and encouraging these things. It can be helpful this time of year to intentionally focus our minds on God’s goodness and light. Here are some thoughts on how we can do this, from Leslie Ludy at the setapartgirl.com blog:
“This time of year, when creepy Halloween decorations seem to be everywhere, it can be a frustrating experience taking my young children to the doctor’s office, grocery store, or mall. Even though Halloween comes around every year, I never cease to be amazed and appalled by the ‘celebration of death and darkness’ that comes into full swing during this season. Neighbors hang skeletons from trees, stores display witches dangling in their windows, and mock graveyards adorn mall courtyards. Like me, my kids are greatly disturbed by the ghoulish scenes they observe nearly everywhere we go. They just can’t understand why anyone would want to put ugly, scary things all around their stores or houses. It really bothers them that so many people actually think that skeletons and monsters are ‘fun.’ And at night when they are falling asleep, it’s often hard for them to get all those frightening Halloween images out of their minds.
Through all of this, I’ve been exhorting my kids (and my own soul) to obey the words of Philippians 4:8: Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
During this season when the rest of the world focuses so much on darkness, we as Christians are given the privilege (and command) of turning our minds and hearts on something altogether different – His light. While the world glorifies evil and death, we are commanded to meditate upon His abundant life. Here are some ways I have been attempting putting this into practice lately…
- Playing uplifting worship music that turns my eyes upon Jesus
- Listening to the Word of Promise audio Bible – especially the Psalms
- Waking up and falling asleep by repeating Scriptures I’ve memorized
- Taking a few extra moments to notice and appreciate God’s amazing handiwork in the sunset, the brilliant fall colors, and the crisp autumn air.
- Delighting in seeing my kids play in the fallen leaves and climb on hay bales.
- Letting every encounter with Halloween symbols of death and darkness become an opportunity to thank God for the amazing gift of eternal life for all who are in Christ Jesus!
As the world around us exalts darkness and death, I encourage you to look for practical ways to celebrate His amazing life and walk in His brilliant light.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10″
In Joyful Surrender,