Light Up the Dark

I accompanied the miniature ballerina down the hallway lined with blue styrofoam waves.  She carried an orange pumpkin on her arm. Her eyes were big.  “And this is where Moses led the children of Israel through the Red Sea.  God held the waters back so they could walk through on dry land.  I imagine they could see some fish in the water as they walked by.  Do you see any fish?”  She immediately pointed to a paper fish cut-out beside her on the wall.  “There’s a fish!” she exclaimed.  “And another one!  And an octopus!”  She was so excited as she started her journey through the Bible adventure land created in our church hallways and classrooms.

This year our church organized a community outreach activity on halloween.  We had no spooky houses, no creaking stairwells, and no grave stones.  Instead we shared joy, laughter and hope as we told stories of Jesus and other Bible characters.  Among other things the children were able to experience the story of the fiery furnace and the faithful three, go “fishing” at the Sea of Galilee, and help tear down the wall of Jericho.  There were bounce houses, balloon tying, and a live band.

A simple meal was served.  There were home-made caramel apples, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, hot chocolate and apple cider. It was all very delicious – but it was not free.  No, it wasn’t.  It required a ticket.  I remember the look of disappointment that spread across a young mother’s face when she was told a ticket was required to feed her youngsters.  “But,” we added, “the good news is the ticket is free. All you have to do is go to the door and ask for one.”

You see, even the meal told a little piece to the story of salvation.  Getting to heaven really isn’t free.  No, it isn’t.  A big price was paid.  But the good news is, all you have to do is ask for it and it’s yours.  Use that news to light up the dark that surrounds you.

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  1. Holding On

     /  November 11, 2011

    What a fun Idea!

    • It was very well received. Estimate was 450 people in attendance. That’s more than typical church attandance.


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