Our verse for today comes from John 8:12, ” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ “
I grew up in the perfect setting to go trick-or-treating. We lived in a large neighborhood filled with scores and scores of families. The streets were bordered by sidewalks, and the houses were not so big and spread out so as to make it time consuming to get from one to the next, nor were they so small such that you wouldn’t expect them to have any candy to give out. So the limits to how much candy we ended up with was only determined by how quickly we could make our way from house to house before the residents shut it down for the night. A co- worker told me last week that her husband had decided that this year they were giving out full-sized candy bars to the kids that ring their doorbell. If you’ve ever gone trick-or-treating, then you know exactly what that means to the kids. And if you experienced that sort of bonanza as a child, then there’s a good chance you remember the exact house from which it came. I do not happen to recall any such benefactors, but I do remember the precise house that left a bowl of candy on their porch with the instructions for each kid to take one piece. And I remember the dilemma faced by me and my group of kids as we read their note. Likely it was the same as those who came before us. Do you take just one, or do you help yourself to many? Even as young kids we discussed the apparent foolishness of leaving a bounty of candy to the whims and honor of children.
October 31 means different things to different people. Since it includes themes of evil and death, many believers celebrate it in a fall festival setting, and swap out scary costumes with more wholesome ones, and enjoy trunk-or-treats instead of trick-or-treats. Even Wikipedia includes a few sentences about trunk-or-treating on their page for trick-or-treat. But as you put on your costume, or rename how you enjoy that upcoming night, remember that God sees the real you underneath the guise. And more so, remember He loves you, He loves you so much, He loves you so much He gave His only Son to save you from that evil and death.
As we seek Him, make every holiday as much about God’s love as Christmas or Easter.