Matthew and Emily ran through the store to the costume display. "I want to be a princess " cried Emily, reaching for a frilly pink dress with a crown. "I want to be a cowboy Or maybe a space warrior... or a racecar driver " Matthew couldn't decide. Just then, he saw some creepy monster masks and skeleton shirts. Yuck
Later, as they walked out to the car, Matthew asked, "Mommy, why do some people wear scary costumes on Halloween?"
"Yeah," said Emily, "And how come they put up all those scary decorations?"
"Well," said Mommy, "It's an old Halloween tradition. Hundreds of years ago, many people believed that Halloween was a wicked day--a day when ghosts and evil spirits could hurt them. So people dressed up in costumes to disguise themselves--to hide from the evil spirits--and even scare them away."
As they turned onto their street, Matthew saw Mr. Johnson putting plastic spiderwebs and pumpkins on his porch. "Was it true?" Matthew asked. "Did ghosts chase after people back then? And did the costumes scare them away?"
"No, of course not," Mommy answered. "There are no such things as ghosts. There are some scary things in the world--some of them are very real and some of them are just in our imaginations. But we don't have to be afraid, no matter what. We have something much better than a scary costume--actually, it's Someone "
"Who's that?" asked Emily.
"It's Jesus," Mommy replied. "The Bible tells us that 'God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son Jesus], that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life' (John 3:16). Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins--all the bad things we say and do. But after three days in the grave Jesus came back to life... and later returned to heaven."
"The Bible says that those who believe in Jesus become 'children of God, ' and that God 'will never leave... or forsake' them (John 1:12, Hebrews 13:5)."
"I believe Jesus died for me," said Matthew, "and I want God to forgive my sins and help me not be afraid of things that scare me anymore "
Would you like God to forgive you and make you part of his family? Just pray, "Dear God, I'm sorry for the bad things I've done. I believe that Jesus died to take the punishment for my sins. I want to become a member of your family and live with you in heaven someday. Please help me not to be afraid but remember that you are always with your children. Thank you "