In all the years of participating in the Halloween experience, I have never seen so much candy! It was amazing to see trash bags filled and baskets overflowing with yummy treats! All the wonderful folks from my church who donated candy and came out to play dress-up on a chilly fall evening were spreading Jesus love. They reached out to thousands of children and parents in costumes of many assorted fantasies and favorite characters. Sure, they were there for the free candy and for the parading of their costumes, but what they received was so much more—a taste of Jesus.
I was standing on the side of an orange Volkswagen van with a sticker that said,” try to look on the bright side.” On the back of the van, I saw a big peace sign. We were definitely doing this Halloween night hippy-style, but our peace and our “bright side” were because of Jesus and not the 1960’s. Nearby, a table was set up with a candle and a Bible. Daily devotionals were distributed throughout the night. Naturally, the table was filled with gobs and gobs of candy. We handed out sweets, scriptural blessings, hope and love.
We were all in this together—the pirates, the Ninjas and even Thing 1 and Thing 2. I was reminded of how Jesus reached out to everyone in need. And everyone there was in need, including me in my medieval wench costume.
Lord, mask me in Your love so that when strangers look at me, they see You.
©2014 Kimberly Clayton