"When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphali to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: "Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. From that time on Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Matthew 4:12-17
This week our community will be full of ghosts and goblins, princesses and super heroes. Halloween has become a celebration full of fun and candy. Lurking behind those adorable costumes though, is the celebration of darkness. As Christian people we are called to always be on our guard against all that draws us away from the light. Jesus began his preaching ministry by proclaiming that light was dawning and that His light would cast out the shadows. He invited all who would hear and follow him to repent, to turn around. This Halloween take care to keep your eyes fixes on Jesus and your feet walking towards the light. Wherever you see shadows seek to cast a bit of light. This might mean steering a conversation away from witchcraft or demons. This may include saying "God bless you" to those who come to trick-or-treat, or carving a cross on your pumpkin as a visual reminder that Jesus is the center of your home. However you can, cast light into the shadows this week and protect your heart from all forms of darkness.
Please keep in your prayers this week:
The spiritual safety of our children and teens on this Halloween week.
Peace in the midst of broken relationships.