I received this in an email from Jack Hayford this morning. I wanted to share it, but he provided no easy method. So I’ll quote it here:
Walk as children of light… – Ephesians 5:8
On October 31, 1997 my mother, Dolores Hayford, went to be with the Lord, and I sought Him about the significance of her passing on the same day as Hallowe’en. His word to me prompted the message, “Redeeming Hallowe’en,” which is available as a free article on our website.
Many believers do not know that Hallowe’en was originally a holy occasion. It reaches back over a thousand years when All Saints Day (November 1) was established to commemorate heroes of the Kingdom, the faithful and martyred who’ve gone on. Because fasting was involved, it became a tradition to “hallow” the evening before. But instead, it became a night of indulgence, like Mardi Gras. Eventually this led to sending children to beg for treats, then to pranksterism and the display of evil now associated with it.
Once harmless, Hallowe’en has become an entrance into the occult for increasing numbers. You and I, as disciples of Jesus Christ, are called as agents of redemption to a dark and dying world. Where there’s a bright light shining, people are going to find their way home. It isn’t about protest but positive action. This year, loved one, let’s resolve to do more light-shining and less door-slamming.
I hope this helps you. We may not be able to redeem the day any more. But we can certainly be a light in a dark world. Be kind, gentle, and loving about it.