Thursday, October 31, 2013
Now how ever would one get a devotion out of Halloween?
I will pass on the gist of a small devotion I heard this morning..
There are three major holidays in Fall..
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas (and I would argue that they segue into the New Year)
In Halloween we deal with all the fears that Satan may have in store for us. We focus on the good things about the harvest and give to God the core of darkness that is the holiday.
After our fear is dealt with, we move onto Thanksgiving. We focus on our gratitude and the good things in our lives. We realize how many blessings we have in our life and how fortunate we are.
In our gratitude for the blessings and gifts of life we finally move onto recognizing THE GIFT, the Christ child, born to be broken for us and to redeem us for all eternity. We give gifts to each other and gather with family and friends to let them know we love them and to be a little of that giving spirit, to shine and be Christ for them in the season.
The one I would add is the New Year. Christ then makes us new, revitalizing us and making us new creations in his image as we accept his Gift, given to us in grace.
Original idea by Bryn Shoffstall