Every year when Halloween comes up, we have to figure out what to do about it–will we turn off lights, turn on lights, hand out candy, leave the premises, attend a fall festival, do costumes, no costumes, etc, etc. This year was the same. Except we finally asked the question, “Why don’t we celebrate Halloween again? I’m really not sure anymore.” So Luke and I spent time thinking about it, researching it a bit, our pastor led a small group discussion about it, we prayed about it, and we finally landed on this: this is the one time of the year all your neighbors actually come out of their houses at the same exact time, actually ring your doorbell, and most people are in really great moods. We figured that shutting ourselves up in our safe houses to avoid zombies was just a really weird way of closing our neighbors out of our lives, yet again. So this year we embraced it. Not the dark, sinister, scary side, have you. We are children of light, we worship the Father of Lights, so we won’t celebrate the dark side. But we won’t shun those who do. Our neighbors came over for chili in the front yard, each bringing a dish to share. We pulled out the lawn games, opened up the garage for some ping-pong, and voila! a neighborhood gathering. It was such fun. And the kids dressed up and indeed went trick or treating, with our neighbors. It was a really fun night and we felt we were a part of something unique and special. It challenged our traditional Christian views for sure, and not everyone will come to the same conclusions that we did. But this year, we delighted in the extra time spent with neighbors, and look forward to more opportunities in the future, to bring light to a dark world.

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