As Lori wrote in her “To Boo or Not to Boo” posting last week, Halloween can pose some good questions for parents. Taking the time to talk to your children about how God can be honored in the midst of the culture we live in is important.
One Halloween tradition my husband, Scott, and I have taken part in with our boys is visiting the local pumpkin patch and carving jack-o-lanterns. (It’s funny how the smallest people always choose the largest pumpkins!) We’d make it a family adventure culminating with dinner, jack-o-lanterns, and pumpkin pie.
Here’s a way to weave faith into the part of the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving.
Pumpkins are chosen from the pumpkin patch where they’ve been grown with care. God nurtures us, too, by providing a loving family to raise us.
The pumpkin’s outer shell is dirty from the pumpkin patch. We get dirty in the world too.
Pumpkins have an outside that the world sees and an inside that is hidden. We have a body that friends can see and a mind, heart, and soul inside our bodies God can see.
When we carve open the top of the pumpkin, we can scoop out the sticky pulp and seeds. When we ask Jesus into our heart, requesting forgiveness and accepting Him as Savior, He takes all the sins we have committed away.
In carving a smiling face into the pumpkin, we can make someone else smile. Offering a smile is being kind to others.
Placing a candle in the pumpkin makes the smile bright on a dark night. With Jesus living within us we shine for Him, drawing others to His gift of salvation…Light in a dark world.
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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
How will you and your family spend October 31st?
By Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Wife to Scott, Mom of 2
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting