Blogtoberfest Day XXX–Do Not Be Afraid

Last year at Halloween, my nephew, who was hyper-excited for Halloween for at least a month leading up to it, was paralyzed by fear at the first “scary” mask he saw–nothing would calm him down or convince him that it was just another boy behind the mask.  He went home, petrified, after visiting five houses…  A few months later, he was again terrified, when his cousin pulled a Batman mask out of his toy box and put it on.  For some reason, he was paralyzed by just the sight of a dark mask.  
This year, his Aunt started working on him early to overcome his fear of masks.  She explained to him that God did not give him a spirit of fear, but rather a spirit of courage.  Eventually she convinced him to promise to wear the Batman mask when he visited her house, so he could see that it was just a mask, just a piece of plastic.  He was hesitant at first, but eventually tried it on, and decided it was no big deal, because, as he said, “It’s really just me under here!”  We’re hoping this practice carries through when it’s time to trick-or-treat this evening.
I loved the way my sister-in-law explained it to him, using Faith and God in her logic.  It reminded me of one of my favorite verses of the Bible, Psalm 91:

 1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
      will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 2 This I declare about the Lord:
   He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
      he is my God, and I trust him.
 3 For he will rescue you from every trap
      and protect you from deadly disease.
 4 He will cover you with his feathers.
      He will shelter you with his wings.
      His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
 5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
      nor the arrow that flies in the day.
 6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
      nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
 7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
      though ten thousand are dying around you,
      these evils will not touch you.
 8 Just open your eyes,
      and see how the wicked are punished.
 9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
      if you make the Most High your shelter,
 10 no evil will conquer you;
      no plague will come near your home.

I know Halloween is discouraged by many Christians, but I think it can represent more than fear and evil–it can also represent the joy of childhood, the Light of God within us,  and the blessings of the Harvest.  There’s a great article about this topic here.

We live in a busy, overwhelming, over-scheduled, world today.  Why not embrace your inner child and enjoying the release of being “someone” or “something” else for a few hours?  And, I want my nephew to enjoy Halloween as much as I do.  For me, it reminds me of the freedom of childhood; having fun outside, after dark, with my brothers and our neighbors, for just one night every year.  It sounds cliche, but it was a simpler time, and who doesn’t wish once in awhile you could go back to having the responsibilities you had in childhood?  Do a little vacuuming on Saturday morning for Mom, be good for the teachers, and help with dishes 4-5 nights a week?   Sign me up…

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6 thoughts on “Blogtoberfest Day XXX–Do Not Be Afraid

  1. Excellent share, Doris! My sweet MIL desensitized dd by sharing slowly and it worked. I taught her and my class each year a little chorus for the verse “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world” and another one for “When I am afraid, I will trust in Thee”. Scripture songs bring comfort!
    :-}pokey

  2. Yes, much simpler times, weren't they? I can remember going trick-or-treating around our neighborhood with my brothers and sister. We didn't even need our parents along, and all the other kids were out, too. There was no danger then. Halloween is still my daughters' favorite holiday, and I made their costumes for years. They got so excited dreaming up what they wanted to be and helping me make it for them.

  3. I follow your blog (for the giveaway).
    RE: your article post – that is a new way of thinking about Halloween. On the flipside, there is concern over the aura of the occult involved which is against Biblical instruction. I haven't reconciled this for myself yet (no kids of my own). Thanks for giving me some food for thought.

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