Trick - or - Treat?
"When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember:
God gives good times and hard times, and no one knows what tomorrow will bring."
What will you get in YOUR treat bag this weekend? Reeses, Nestles, Kit Kats? Hersheys or Oreos or pretzels?
Will you be celebrate October 31 festivities or ban them as a pagan holiday? Or maybe compromise with a Fall Festival celebration?
Our family has always enjoyed Halloween with a heart of fun -- carving pumpkins, creating costumes, and sharing candy.
However, I certainly understand hesitancy to celebrate the creepy and macabre. much less to indulge in anything evil or satanic.
This year, COVID-19 makes Halloween more controversial than ever. Not only do we question whether we should celebrate a day with origins in the pagan rituals, but now we question whether it's safe to accept candy from strangers for a host of all new reasons.
Any way you 'treat' Halloween, life is a whole lot like that plastic pumpkin filled with surprises dropped in by neighbors. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.
Some days are definitely a treat. Loving family, faithful friends, and a warm home are blessings from God. When the job promotion comes through or the baby is on the way, when the new house is under contract or illness is healed, we bask in God's love.
Other days feel like a cruel trick of fate, A broken marriage, best friend's betrayal, or busted heat pump seem like curses. When the career falls apart or the child falls away, when the mortgage financing fails or the cancer comes back, we wonder if God cares.
But remember: God gives good times and hard times. Enjoy the good times as His blessings. Endure the hard times by walking close to Him. Lean on His strength.
Whatever life brings you this day, this month, or this year, know that God is right there beside you.
Trick or treat, God cares. He has a purpose for every person, a message for every mess.
If God dresses the flowers of the field in beauty, though they do not labor, how much more beautifully will He clothe His children?
God is for you. He's on your side. Whatever surprise comes in your pumpkin this year, enjoy or endure walking alongside your Father.
He's got you.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own."
What tricks or treats were in your pumpkin today?
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