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”
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.”
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: