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One of my daughters recently posted this picture while visiting the US. I was in total shock. Halloween has stealthily crept upon the scene here in the UK (No it is not a British tradition quite the opposite!) but I had no idea of the scale it had been perpetrated in the USA. Don’t get me wrong I’m a great advocate of dress up parties even working for a while as a face painter, but this I found disturbing.

I questionioned astonished, “why would any mentally sound person want to put on such a macarbe display?” It was beyond my conprehension. The usual defence of halloween is “It’s just for fun!” I find that even more disturbing that such things can be thought of as “fun”. So what is the real reason for the fascination people have for evil? Why do people choose to watch horror movies etc? I couldn’t understand it at all.

Then a still, small voice whispered in my ear. “Are you really so innocent of such things?” I thought back to the time before I came to know Jesus, recalled a kind of morbid curiosty I had in my teens to read weird or even macarbe comic books etc. In every case there was no second reading only repulsion, but never the less a fasination was there. Can I say now I am cleansed from such things? Searching my heart I find still the seeds. When reading a news report of some major tragedy, earthquake, shooting etc. while appaulled and full of compassion for the victims, there is a certain part that tallies and compares the score, is this the biggest, badest yet?

It seems an inborn part of man this morbid curiousity, a facination for evil, a part of original sin perhaps, build into our DNA? No, I cannot throw stones at the family that made this display and thought it fun, for the seed lies in my own heart in some deep dark corner resisting still the light of Christ. Yet it disturbs me that at this time of year it is given leeway to walk abroad so blatently. Perhaps it is more apparent to a stranger who lacks familiarity.

 

Closest I’ll get to Halloween.

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I hate Halloween, every year I grit my teeth and tell myself it will soon be over, no more ugly, evil stuff around to irk me. Thankfully it seems to be loosing a lot of its momentum at least where I live (If we had to import a US festivity why couldn’t it have been Thanksgiving – sorry turkeys lol!)

I did however actually enjoy carving this pumpkin dragon with my youngest grandson – he chooses and critiques and I carve. He loves dragons and dinosaurs so we googled pictures of them and ended up with this dragon. I quite enjoyed  it, it’s sure faster than my wood carving!

My two daughters instantly took photos for their face book pages lol!

Sublimely Happy Bunny!

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from November 2014 (this year we are three happy Christmassy bunnies!)

Song Bird Songs

chr. rabbit
No I’m not in love and I haven’t won the lottery but I just can’t seem to keep it in.
Maybe I should at least cloak it a bit, people are beginning to notice. It was remarked on by a guy at the market yesterday.
“What’s made you so happy then?” he didn’t understand my answer.
“Christmas!”
He just looked puzzled and said, “a bit early isn’t it?”
My smile gets bigger and there’s no way I can hide it. Every time I see Christmas décor or hear a carol my eyes mist up and my heart swells till I can no longer contain it. Like a thirsty sponge I just absorb the sweet water. After the drought and ugliness of Halloween it’s like a drink of fresh clear water, better yet a swig of sweet wine – exhilarating!
It must be a taste of how, when Satan has brought…

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Sublimely Happy Bunny!

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chr. rabbit
No I’m not in love and I haven’t won the lottery but I just can’t seem to keep it in.
Maybe I should at least cloak it a bit, people are beginning to notice. It was remarked on by a guy at the market yesterday.
“What’s made you so happy then?” he didn’t understand my answer.
“Christmas!”
He just looked puzzled and said, “a bit early isn’t it?”
My smile gets bigger and there’s no way I can hide it. Every time I see Christmas décor or hear a carol my eyes mist up and my heart swells till I can no longer contain it. Like a thirsty sponge I just absorb the sweet water. After the drought and ugliness of Halloween it’s like a drink of fresh clear water, better yet a swig of sweet wine – exhilarating!
It must be a taste of how, when Satan has brought the world to its knees and seemingly wrecked everything, God will have the last laugh and as His tones ring once more across the earth hearts everywhere will rejoice.

So Who is Satan Anyhow?

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Whether you consider him mythical, symbolic or an actual entity, with Halloween approaching in all its lurid costumes it’s surprising how few folks know his origins.
The story is told in the Bible that Satan was once God’s top man, (or angel) the light bearer, powerful and beautiful beyond imagination. His body embellished with music he led the praise of God. So what happened? Basically it seems it wasn’t enough for Satan being the supreme angel. In his pride he wanted to be God, to be worshiped, therefore he rebelled persuading a third of the angels to join him.
He’s described as “the Prince of the Air” and “the father of lies.” The most common caricature of Satan is a little guy with horns and a tail but I would probably depict him as a handsome, impeccably dressed, intellectual, smooth tongued and alluring, only the eyes giving him away as evil. Genesis has him pictured as a snake persuading Eve with subtle words to doubt God(His Bible knowledge is reputed to be better than most Christians and he tries to use it against them as he did Jesus.)
Halloween costumes are often sexy, but again there in a subtle lie here. Sex was God’s creation instigated before “the fall of man”, it’s sexual perversion that is Satan’s domain. He cannot create only pervert. He’s also referred to as “the god of this world”. In spite of God’s overall sovereignty he is said to have power in this realm giving the “kingdoms of this world” to who he may. (God gave dominion to man and through man’s choices Satan took control to a large extent.) This is an interesting viewpoint depicting Christians as God’s 5th columnists working to bring down Satan’s power explaining why evil runs rampant in the earth unless restrained by good.
Another little known Genesis Bible history is that the angels who followed Satan had sex with the women of the earth and that their children were giants of a vicious and diabolical nature. This could explain a frequent question of why in ancient history God asked his people to slaughter whole populations even women and children (lest the DNA be further corrupted). There are some interesting books on this due in part to the many assertions, photos etc. of giant human skeletons being unearthed. It’s not my intention to get into that here as I’m not at all sure about these assertions but it’s an interesting read.
Whatever you believe I hope this has given some new background to your Halloween celebrations. Personally I shall breathe a sigh of relief when it’s over and I can look forward to Christmas when we celebrate the forces of good.