Dressed for the occasion!

This next Saturday, October 31, the world “celebrates” Halloween. It has become big business.  The National Retail Association estimates that Americans are now spending in excess of $8 billion per year on Halloween!  Wow, that is a lot of candy!  Granted, much is spent on costumes; and recent figures reflect that over $400 million is spent on costumes for pets!  Absolutely incredible!! (World, 11/3/2102, p. 12)

While I like candy, I’m not a big fan of Halloween; and I think you could probably guess why. However, with grandchildren and not wanting to be a spoil-sport I indulge it to a point.  As it falls on the birthday of our oldest son, Rob, I can enjoy the candy, kids, and making s’mores outside around the fire pit with a justified permission.

I remember a Dennis the Menace cartoon of some years back when Margaret gave all the characters an assignment to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up. Joey drew a fireman, Gina’s picture revealed she planned to be a soccer player, and Margaret’s masterpiece showed she was going to be a ballerina.  After showing their artwork, they turned and asked, “Okay, Dennis, what about you?”  The famous little guy replied, “I don’t even know what I’m gonna be for Halloween!”

What we ARE on Halloween is what we need to be every day, and what we are every day is what we need to be on Halloween! We always need to be prepared to be a strong witness for our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, may I recommend your “outfit” for Halloween and recommend you keep it on all year? As Paul wrote in Ephesians 6, verse 11: “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies and tricks of the Devil.” NLT (Just a P.S.:  The Devil is at work all year round, not just on one night!)

And just in case you are going out on Halloween, research shows that people serve the good candy first and the save the not-so-good stuff for later. Thus, the research conclusion: “The longer you stay out on Halloween night, the worse the candy gets.” (Readers’ Digest, November 2009, p.24)

Going home early,

Pastor Bob

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