Creativity is Available for the Asking
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
7 days ago I posted about our family tradition of celebrating All Saints Day and ended the post excited to see what creative ideas I and any readers could come up with to celebrate light and life on Halloween. I was busy after that and didn’t really start asking God for creative help until the 31st in the Afternoon.
The beginning of an idea began to form around using the verse Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
But black letters on white paper didn’t seem to communicate celebration and celebration of light and life were the goal. The challenge is to draw kids, not create disdain! My ideas either seemed too complicated or unappealing. As I was thinking about it, my daughter called and I told her about it on the phone. She said I should so do it! That gave me confidence:) So I quickly made some signs.
Big Bright Smiles
At first I thought I would put a sentence on each but that was too hard to see. So I made 3 small signs with a single word, “Ask” “Seek” “Knock” and a large sign that said, “Jesus said, Ask, Seek, Knock and You Will Find. Then went out to see if I could snag some cheap pumpkins for a dollar each, which in my experience, is possible on the 31st, especially after 4pm. I got 9 of these unique looking pumpkins for a total of 5dollars!!!!
When I came back it was getting closer and closer to the time kids would be streaming to my door. So I set the pumpkins I bought next to the signs I had made, put candy in a bowl and started feverishly carving pumpkins in my front yard as kids were starting to arrive:)
I managed to get 5 pumpkins carved with big joyous smiles and fill each with a lighted candle. Lots of kids told me how much they liked my pumpkins! A battery operated light helped illuminate the small signs and kept the porch light on for the big sign.
Blessings For Each One
I wish I had filmed the reactions of the kids who came to my door:) It was great! I got to bless, declare and prophesy over each kid and they responded with many thank you’s and eyes of wonder, many slowing to read the big sign carefully as they came up to the porch and approached our door:)
Got the sweeeeeeetest smiles from two teens whose faces where covered in synthetic gore and blood. They smiled with their eyes.
I asked one little 10ish year old if his mask was what is worn to play hockey and he said yes, then added, “I’m a serial killer.” That was a chilling declaration. I noticed his sword. As he walked away, I declared life over him.
As kids costumes highlighted to me different things, I would tell them “God loves the way you see things,” or “God loves the way you listen,” or “God loves the way you think” 🙂 If they represented death or slaying, I would declare life over them or say, “God protect you in this year and cover you in His love.”
I found that with teens I was able to really connect in speaking blessing and protection over them in this coming year. A couple teens scornfully laughed in derision but their friends were silent.
One little six year old or so boy called out cheerfully, I like your sign! A grandmother gave me a hug.
Our Kids are Thirsty for a Blessing and a Word
I got thirsty and as I filled a glass of water, I had a random thought that it would be unusual for a kid come to my door to ask for a cup of water. Shortly after that, a mom came with her kid asking if he could have water even as the child protested, embarrassed. He drank a bit of the cup Dan offered, then handed the cup back. Immediately afterward, four more kids came asking for water and the first little boy overcame his hesitation and asked for more, this time downing a whole cup:) haha
John 4:35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
I think the symbolism is prophetic. Jesus said the harvest is ripe. I think trick or treating does make you thirsty, but I’ve never had kids ask me for water on Halloween before:) I put signs out with bites of the words from Matthew 7:10 and suddenly I have kids thirsty for water:) haha I think the word just makes you thirsty for more!