“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14).
In just a few days, little Cinderellas, Darth Vaders, ninjas, and ballerinas—children whom Jesus loves very much—will ring your doorbell. They seem to love all the pretend scary elements that come with trick-or-treating. In reality, though, each one of these children may have life circumstances that are truly dark and scary. What they may not know is they have a Father who loves them deeply and watches over them—and he will always be there when they are afraid.
That’s why you are in the neighborhood! Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity. When you open the door, smile and show God’s love to every one of his little children who come to your door. Add a Bible passage to your candy or include a card inviting them to church with you.
Then come up with a plan for the rest of the year. Walk around your neighborhood and pray for the homes and people in it. Then get to know the neighbors God has put around you. Be the one in the community who always has a smile. Talk to them about Jesus, the one who changes darkness into light. Let them know about the one whose perfect love casts out fear.