Friday, October 29, 2010
Does God Care About Trick-or-Treat?
Does God care about Trick-or-Treat?
I happen to think he does.
No, this isn’t a post about whether Halloween is evil or whether God approves of Trick-or-Treat (I’ll save that for next year).
This post is about prayer.
I told my kids about a month ago that I would be gone for Trick-or-Treat.
“I’m so sorry guys, but Mom will be out of town for work. I’ll try to plan around it next year. Dad will take you around, and you’ll still have fun.”
They weren’t happy. (About this same time Nick announced that he was never going to be a lawyer – that he’d rather be a “stay-at-home dad, like Dad.”)
So Anna started to pray. Every night, at bedtime, she would finish, “And please God, we pray that Mom will be at Trick-or-Treat.”
Talk about a guilt trip.
I almost told her to stop praying about it. The meeting had been scheduled for months. It would never be cancelled. Besides, there are more important things to be praying about.
Then, it happened. For reasons completely outside of my control, my schedule changed. And I found myself home for Trick-or-Treat last night.
I think I had more fun than the kids. Our whole street lit up, and the evening turned into a block party. We stayed up too late and ate too much candy.
But my favorite thing about Trick-or-Treat wasn’t the neighbors, the fun, or the candy.
It was answered prayer.
Who says God doesn't care about Trick-or-Treat?