“I think it’s wonderful that Reformation Day is now the most popular holiday after Christmas. We scare ourselves as a reminder of death and damnation. Children go around receiving unmerited candy, which symbolize the gift and the sweetness of salvation. We wear masks to symbolize the doctrine of vocation. We carve pumpkins. . . .uh, I don’t know why we do that. Someone help me in my crusade to co-opt Halloween for Reformation Day.” – Gene Edward Veith
quote & lively discussion found here
While I am with Veith on this topic, I have had some life lessons to learn about our Halloween.
My mother-in-law, Nana.
She loves Halloween, loves dressing up, loves throwing the kids a party, invites all their friends & has even bought & made their costumes!
I used to s-t-r-u-g-g-l-e with the whole thing. Halloween, candy, Nana…..it’s true, I felt jilted.
I also thought it wasn’t God-pleasing. But really it has been relationship building! It is a special memory for our family. Nana is very generous, the kids & their friends can’t wait until party day.
What was once something I thought was terribly wrong, has become something treasured.
Aren’t life lessons curious things?