Celebrating What???

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season.

– 2 Timothy 4:2

For the past few weeks our neighborhood has resembled a haunted graveyard. Tombstones, zombies, ghostly figures, giant spiders, skeletons, and the “Grim Reaper” have inhabited the landscape.

Oddly, some of the same houses that all year have had green lights on at night in remembrance of those who have died of Kovd now have yards full of tombstones with clever sayings on them poking fun at death.

Others are impressive and scary-looking, larger than life, a celebration of death.

But as a follower of Jesus Christ, the risen Savior, I prefer to celebrate life. So, I repeated a yard design my prayer partner and I created in Michigan years ago – a reminder, not of death, but of Jesus’ resurrection – “SATAN’S WORST NIGHTMARE.” Tombstones are there, but each one displays a Scripture about Jesus’ Resurrection, the salvation He made possible, and His “amazing grace.” This year I added another feature, the empty Cross (easier to construct than the empty Tomb!) with a saying borrowed from a neighbor’s yard display: “I’ll be back.” Only instead of being a creepy inscription on a tombstone, this is an affectionate note nailed to the Cross, signed “– J.”

A few days ago two women knocked at my door and told me how much they loved the display. We sat on the porch and talked about the Lord for about an hour, and got one another’s contact information. I’ll probably be going to one of their prayer meetings soon. So, I’ve already been blessed with two new friends because of this declaration of Life! God is so good!

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Tonight there will be people coming to our door looking for something good, and I don’t plan on disappointing them.

Prayer: Lord, no matter what day it is or what the world is doing, help us to be about Your business, declaring the good news of the Gospel to anyone we can reach, in Jesus’ name. Amen

40 thoughts on “Celebrating What???

  1. We decided not to give out candy this year as the β€œholiday” has become so unholy in recent years, more so than ever before.
    I wish we had read this idea before tonight! Next year Anita and I will try this out!
    Thanx and have a blessed All Hallows’ Eve. c.a.

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    1. Gabrielle (Did I remember that right?), I cling to it, too. Lately I’ve been listening to Bible lessons in Revelation, and I feel He’s coming soon. I realize Christians have believed that through the centuries, but it is still a precious promise to hold onto when things get tough.

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  2. Love it, Ann! For 20+ years, my family and I have attached a message to each piece of candy we hand out; here’s the message for this year: “Candy’s sweet but melts away. Christ’s love is whole and here to stay. See Psalm 34:8” The little kids, of course, don’t notice or care, but some of the teens do. Sometimes we’ve gotten comments like, “Hey, we remember you; you’re the ones who have the cool messages!”

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