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Fall Back – October 31 Devotions

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Happy end of  October! It was a bright and sunny, but chilly day here in Maine today. My hubby is up north on the first day of hunting on this Halloween day. This is also the day when it’s time to “fall back” one hour before bed tonight, if you live somewhere that recognizes daylight savings time.

 

 

 

When Dave gets home this evening, he will be the only person I let in the door! We don’t celebrate Halloween any more, partly for spiritual reasons, but also because of the disappointment over the change in the practices of this day.

 

It used to be just a fun time of dressing up and visiting the homes of people we knew when I was growing up; then when I had kids, we did the trick or treating thing for a little while, but when it started becoming a sometimes dangerous event, we just had costume parties, activities, and refreshments at church instead.

 

It alarms me to see how many parents drop their kids off in neighborhoods to go trick or treating, even to homes of people they don’t know! Sadly, in this day and age, there are too many evil people out there to make it worth jeopardizing the welfare of your children just so they can get more candy. Case in point, I just read about another “razor blades in candy bars” story in another state! Sick, sick people.

Onto today’s devotions…

 

“Spiritualism, divination, and witchcraft are all forbidden

in the Word of God.

Many people, including some

who consider themselves to be Christians,

participate in practices that God considers vile and evil.

God says He will set His face against anyone

who turns to mediums and spiritists

to prostitute themselves by following them

(see Leviticus 20:6).

Yet Christians still read horoscopes and consult psychics

and wonder why they don’t have peace.

God wants you to seek Him and it offends Him

if you seek these other sources.

No one who does will ever have

a peaceful, joy-filled, and prosperous life.

If you have been involved in any activity of this sort,

I strongly encourage you to thoroughly repent,

ask God to forgive you, 

and turn away completely from such practices.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending the Day Right”

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My reflections:

This seems like a timely devotional on this Halloween, since beyond the fun aspects of costumes, parties, and trick or treating, often also involves vicious pranks, vandalism, and even incidents of physical assaults against animals and humans–or even deaths.

I know I used to occasionally read horoscopes, but it did freak me out a bit when they seemed to fit or things happened too eerily close to what I read. I’ve never been to a psychic and have no interest in any of those so-called “dark arts.”

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

How do you feel about Halloween? Do you and your family participate in the usual trick or treating festivities? Do you agree or disagree with the devotional?

And again, remember:

15 Comments

  1. peppylady (Dora)

    I rather help someone then hurt. I live so far out of town I get any trick or treaters. But I have few quarters, just in case someone shows up.
    As for Oct it been pretty dried start raining yesterday. We need a good rain soak in North Idaho
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    31 . Oct . 2015
  2. Erik Miller

    Great reflection. You’re right about how Halloween is not as safe as it used to be. Or as much of a community event. Many of the kids that came to my house, I had never seen before.

    31 . Oct . 2015
  3. Joely Smith

    It is sad but kids need to be better cared for in general not just on a Halloween. We only had 4 total trick or treaters tonight – one group of 3 one single kid all alone. We always took our kids when little to trunk or treats, safe places in the community.
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    01 . Nov . 2015
  4. Rachel Mouton

    I can’t believe it’s November 1 already! Where did the year go?
    Rachel Mouton recently posted..Be Kind to Your Kids and Nature with My True Nature™

    01 . Nov . 2015
  5. Elizabeth O.

    That’s true, these are more dangerous times and parents should be more vigilant when it comes to leaving their kids. I think a party in the church is fine, that makes a peaceful Halloween right there.

    01 . Nov . 2015
  6. Carol Cassara

    It’s a harmless custom that is fun for the kids. Of course, I would never take kids to a strange place for fear of those nut cases you mention.

    01 . Nov . 2015
  7. Claire

    Where did October go? Parents should always accompany kids when trick or treating.
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    01 . Nov . 2015
  8. Ourfamilyworld

    We used to participate in the festivities when my kids were younger. It was just pure fun and I agree with Carol that it’s a harmless custom.
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    01 . Nov . 2015
  9. Francene Stanley

    I don’t like the thought of it. There are bad people in the world.
    As for daylight saving, we started a week ago in the UK.

    01 . Nov . 2015
  10. michelle

    I think Halloween is a judgement call. My parents always checked out my candy before I was allowed to eat it just as a safety precaution
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    01 . Nov . 2015
  11. Shann Eva

    We celebrate Halloween and dress-up as a family, and go trick or treating as a family. It’s too dangerous to let you kids go by themselves.
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    01 . Nov . 2015
  12. Claudette

    I do not observe Halloween but not for the reasons that you have in that quote from Joyce Meyers. I simply prefer to be mindful on what I pay attention to and I just have no desire to be focus on such negativity no matter how dressed up it is.
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    01 . Nov . 2015
  13. Erika

    I don’t understand why people would want to hurt little kids with razorblades in candy. So horrid.
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    01 . Nov . 2015
  14. CourtneyLynne

    Ughhhhhh this whole fall back gets two thumbs down lol… I can’t get over how it feels like midnight at like 5pm lol

    02 . Nov . 2015
  15. Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy

    Well I don’t agree that people are more evil now than ever. It’s just the 24 hour media putting fear in people. Crime rates have dropped over the last 50 years. I love Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday. Our neighborhood is a big place for kids to trick or treat. We decorate our house and take the kids around the block. Then, we have more fun sitting outside handing out candy.
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    03 . Nov . 2015

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