Do you remember looking forward to Halloween and asking your friends, "What are you going to be for Halloween?" A super hero? A princess? A ghost? On Halloween weekend, Good Shepherd will host our annual “Trunk or Treat”! It’s a fun event! Bring your kids and enjoy all of the costumes and decorations. We don't really expect a huge group this year due to COVID, but it’s a great time to get more connected with our community!
Halloween has become the second most popular holiday for decorating, right behind Christmas! Some people would even say that adults have "hijacked" Halloween from kids! So, if you are young or old, I ask you this question, "What are you going to be this Halloween?"
Over 500 years ago a Catholic priest named Martin Luther reminded everyone what "All Hallows' Eve" (The Evening before "All Saints Day") was all about. Luther hammered a notice on the Wittenberg Church door to remind all Christians that, "When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ``Repent'' (Matthew 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance." Luther reminds us still today that Halloween is about Jesus' love for you and me.
Back in 1517 the Christian church had drifted away from Jesus. The focus was no longer on what Jesus had done, but what the people were doing in their life. Martin Luther called the church back to God's Word. Luther called the people back to lives of repentance. He called the people back to the forgiveness and mercy of Jesus Christ!
What am I going to be this Halloween? I'm probably going to be a sinner.... A sinner who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, you and I can turn away from our self-indulgent, self-centered lives and be turned back to Jesus and His love. Jesus loves you so much that he made you holy. Jesus made you a saint!
Happy All Hallows' Eve! (Halloween),