Did you ever look a pumpkin in the eye? It’s usually very dark in there until you light a candle and then the glow of the candle lights up the whole pumpkin’s face. When you look into the eye of the pumpkin you can see the light flicker and see the character of the face that you have carved.
Pumpkins without light are lifeless and waste away just like any other fruit or vegetable, but those that have been brought to life through carving have taken on the personality of a million characters. When the light of the candle shines through the carved eye and face, they bring a thrill, happiness and joy to the people who see them.
Each one of us is fearfully and wonderfully made. As we look into the eyes of people, we see the light of life filled with many emotions. Halloween means Hallowed Evening. It was a holiday that set aside the time to remember and give honor to those who had died.
Today Halloween is a mix of local culture and beliefs that often distort the Christian message. Before the advent of Hallowed Evening the celebrations were filled with ignorance about the God who made us. Christianity came to shed light and bring hope to people, combating the many superstitions and myths about life and death. It is said of Jesus, “He is the true light that gives light to every person who comes into the world.”
Trick or treating came as a result of children going from house to house asking for food and goodies for the three-day celebration that followed Hallowed Evening. If people would not give a treat, the children would play pranks on them.
Halloween has come to mean different things to different people but much of today’s celebrations are emphasizing darkness rather than light. Hallowed Eve was really a night when people could celebrate the remembrance of those who had lived lives full of light and hope.
It was God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, make his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:6
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“But if we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
This Halloween season when you look into the eye of your pumpkin through the face you have created, remember that God created you and has made you so that his light can shine through your life and make a difference in the world.