Yesterday my husband posted on why we celebrate Halloween. You can read his excellent post on the subject here and just know it receives a hearty "amen" from me.
Yesterday was one of those really fun days when I am happy that we are not seclusive Christians on Halloween night. Ryan and I both believe that the best way to share the love of Jesus with the world is not by being one of the only darkened porches on the street with a sign that says "Jesus Loves You."
And so, we threw a party instead.
In the bible, the kingdom of heaven is described as a party (banquet) with lots of food.
All day the boys and I prepared for the party - we made homemade salsa and carnitas, mummy cakepops and my favorite caramel apples. First, we had to go foraging in the woods (or the empty lot behind the old abandoned bank down the street) for sticks. I get giddy when I think about a party and as an introvert...I won't lie; the anticipation and preparation is my favorite part.
Jesus tells us...I will go and prepare a place for you...
God invites everyone from every street corner.
I love that our understanding of God not only allows, but compels us as a family to open our doors to anyone who will come. And we don't invite people to convert them. We invite them so we can know them and so they can know us. It's a fun way to live.