Posted on November 4, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“It is God who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.”
It was a first in my memory…Halloween with gusty winds, windchill temperatures in the low 20s and more than four inches of fresh snow! These unique conditions did not stop the trick-or-treaters from going on their appointed neighborhood rounds seeking treats.
Trick-or-treaters came to my door at a steady pace on Halloween evening. What I noticed was the creativity of adapting costumes to meet the extreme conditions. Sheer and flimsy costumes were put over snowsuits; princesses turned winter parkas into beautiful princess capes; unicorns put on warm, multicolored leggings; winter face masks and hats became monster head dressing; and a group of girls became a pack of polar bears in fuzzy white coats and hats!
The creative adjustments to costumes was accompanied with the same Halloween enthusiasm. Some ran up the walk to the door, others shuffled through the snow that covered what the day before had been my leaf-covered lawn, and others couldn’t wait to ring the doorbell and say the words, “Trick or Treat!”
All this put me to wondering…Do we make creative changes in our life and faith when things don’t go as planned or when plans need to be adjusted? Are we creative in our giving to support the ministries and functioning of the church, so others can continue to be welcomed and supported and our children can grow in faith?
It’s something to think about…the extent we will go to, and the creative adjustments we will make for the fun of Halloween night can carry over into our life and faith, so that the church stays strong as the body of Christ in the world God loves.