Halloween is coming. Some people are decorating. Some are making costumes. Some are buying candy. Some are eating candy. Some are deciding where to go to avoid the whole scene. Good luck with that, I say.
I have to admit that there is a part of me that would like to avoid Halloween. I'm not a fan of the dark side of the day. Not into gross or scary. Not really even into costumes. Yeah, I know. My sister made adorable new costumes for her kids every year. Not me. But kids LOVE Halloween, and mine are no exception.
When our kids were little, I was pondering what Halloween should look like for our family. Something interesting occurred to me. This is the one day of the year where bunches of happy kids come to you for whatever you have to offer. I asked myself, "Well, what is it that we have to offer?"...smile.
Free candy is good. But when the candy is gone, there is something even sweeter that is free every day of the year: the gift of life in Christ. And it's ours to pass on.
So now I love to get the kids ready, take the pictures, send them out with Dad, and stay home to give out our trick-or-treats. Along with our treats, we always include a little something that lets the kids know about the great love that God offers freely to each of us. Now THAT'S an offer that's too good to refuse.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."