Shine the Light, don't hide it.
We have an opportunity coming on Halloween (October 31) to engage with our community. We are doing an event called “Light the Night.” (Think costume-block party meets massive candy give-a-way!) The idea is to be a positive and safe presence in the community while creating a fun environment for people to interact.
"Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven." - Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
We gave out thousands of pieces of candy and countless gallons of hot chocolate last year.
The smiles on those little faces when they received from your generosity was amazing! Pray for our community and donate financially to our "Outreach Fund."
From passing out candy to making making and serving hot chocolate, it takes many joyful people to make it work. If your family doesn't "do" halloween, or you are someone who loves seeing kids smile - this a great time to serve! We want dozens of smiling volunteers at each site, adding to the real life "light" the beams for God's people.
We aren't passing out tracks or shaming people for their decisions - just loving on our neighbors and serving them some hot cocoa with a sincere smile!
Register to serve at one of the host sites (S. National, Margrave, Fairway, or Marblecrest) and arrive by by 4:30/4:45 pm and serve as long as you can! Sites are open from 5pm - 8 pm.
It comes down to a couple things: (1) this is an opportunity to lead the way in generosity and (2) to seize a moment where we can let the love of Jesus shine on a night darkness is too often lauded.
Bottom line, the light doesn't need more light; darkness needs light.Our desire isn't to provide a "safe alternative" but to be light where darkness normally abides. We cannot hide out "avoiding" or "boycotting" when Jesus calls us to be light when dark needs it.
I love how The Message translates Matthew 5:14-16, "Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."
Darkness is merely an absence of light, so let's Light the Night!