Be a Light in the Darkness
As followers of Christ, we are called to share the light and love of God in the darkest of places. Jesus stated in Matthew 5:14-16:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Last year as I was praying, God revealed to me that while I was sharing His message of hope and love around the world, He wanted me to also share it locally (stateside). One area that He convicted me of was not walking through the doors of opportunities that were right before me. In particular, one missed opportunity was with Halloween.
For years, I had the mindset of “it’s okay to host ‘Harvest Festivals,’ but do not participate in ‘Trick or Treating.’” This mindset came partially from what I was taught in church, but also from having friends who practiced Wica and Satanism and knowing the power of the demonic which I see often while traveling around the world.
Yet, God reminded of the verse in Matthew chapter 5. He then shared, “You are to be a light in the darkness. Each year you have hundreds of young boys and girls who come to your house; instead of turning off your light or hiding from them – be a light.” So last year I created small packets of candy with cards included in them. The cards, seen above, send a message of hope and love with statements like, “You are special”, “You have a purpose”, and “You are loved.” Included on the cards are verses that reference how God has a purpose and plan for their lives and loves them.
It is easy to hide our lamp under a “shade,” and it is important that we use every opportunity to share the message of hope and love with those around us. So this year, we are inviting you to join us. At the link below, you can download instructions and printable cards to pass out. When you greet the boys and girls at the door, let them know that God has a purpose for their lives. Let them know that God has made them special. And let them know that God loves them. This may be the opportunity you have to be a light in the darkness, and to offer hope to the hopeless.
Be a light in the darkness!