Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
I hate Halloween!
I love Halloween!
Both sides equally passionate.
Here’s my take, I love people visiting our house.
Every year on October 31st many children and adults come to my front door filled with hope.
They come hoping for a tasty treat.
They come hoping for something to make their life better.
What they get is a smile, a sense of community, and a moment to realize that the world is a better place than it seems.
Many of the children, young and old, are not from my demographic. Children and parents line up at my door, but never come inside. I do not know them. Most of them I have never seen before.
The Apostle Paul would have known what to do, “each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” 1
And, I love it!
I realize that Halloween, like Christmas and all other holidays are exploited by some, marketed by others and despised by some, but for the first time since I was a child I can say without hesitation I love Halloween this year!
For twenty dollars I gave away more than a hundred tasty treats, affirmed kids on their costume choices, expressed gratitude for parents who guided their children around the neighborhood, handed out many smiles and we shared a moment of good will.
As I wrote last year to my friend Ben, “Uhm, walk around look hungry, carry a bag and say, “Trick or treat!?!” it’s the only day all year people give you free candy when you do that!!!”
Moses taught, and Jesus Christ repeated, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 2
I can’t wait for next year to hand out a hundred two second moments of community-love! That’s mysilentscream.
1 – Romans 15:2, NIV
2 – Mark 12:31, NIV