Tuesday, October 30, 2007

OCTOBER 31


Dirk and I have fond childhood memories of Halloween. We’ve talked about how we would look forward to the day, planning our costumes and anticipating going out with our family and friends trick-or-treating. Our dads would carve jack-o-lanterns a few weeks before the 31st and we’d light the candle each night in anticipation of the big day. In my small town, my parents would drop my sister and I off at one end of the block and wait for us to go door-to-door with our large brown paper bags gathering candy, popcorn balls, and other often times homemade treats. It was a fun time!

Then, when our first child was born, we would take her in her cute costume to our parents’ homes and a few others that we felt comfortable with. A few years later we began learning more about the occult and Satanism. The Christian culture of the 80’s was very fearful about the occult, and demonic activity. In our own area news stories of animal sacrifices would surface on occasion, especially around Halloween. So, we began having parties at home or going to alternative church Hallelujah Nights.

It was during this time we began to realize that while we didn’t need to be naïve about the occult and the significance of October 31 to the Satanist religion, we also didn’t need to be fearful that we were celebrating it by doing something fun. In trying to figure out what was best for our children, we had focused on what was wrong with the day instead of what was right. (And yes, I know all the arguments against observing the holiday).

You see, I’ve since figured out that everything is right about October 31. Because, this is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it! (Ps. 118:24)

Hopefully, our children haven’t been too warped by our learning curve. At least their children are enjoying the day!

4 comments:

Anna said...

Great job! I know I've learned a lot from the way you guys have raised us... It's interesting to see the different views of parents in our youth group... I know a lot of students and paretns will be missing church tonight, to trick-or-treat... it doesn't bother me, but I'm still trying to decide what to think about it all...

Scott Williams said...

I never understood that it was about Satanism growing up and have not necessarily went there as an adult either. Needless to to say it's something that can be fun for the kids and family; however it's up to the family to set that tone!

HomeSchool Mommy said...

It's good to hear your view on it. Even though I was beginning to think I was the only Christian letting my daughter dress up, I really enjoy hearing WHY/HOW others come to their decisions.

IDnJC said...

funny, I am responding to this in Jan 2007...but, for me, I had to stop thinking with my head and just listen and obey my spirit on this matter. then, what was right for our family was easy! You are an awesome mentor! love, sheri