...............then there is halloween. i dread the couple of weeks leading up to it. halloween, is an example of seemingly harmless herd mentality.
most of us were raised with participation in halloween activities being the norm. everyone did it. if you didn't, then you were some religious, kill-joy weirdo.
i became that weirdo.
midway through my childrens childhood i became convicted about halloween having absolutely NO redeeming qualities. i became convicted that i was doing the wrong thing by allowing or encouraging my family to participate in such a dark holiday.
so.......i pulled the plug. it wasn't easy, but my kids respected my parental authority and knew that i always had their best interest at heart. besides, they just wanted candy. and candy may be bad for your body, but it's not bad for your soul!
like i said, i love fall! i love celebrating the harvest, the glorious colors, and the last hurrah before we go into winter. apple picking, corn mazes, hayrides to the pumpkin patch--all okay!
however, halloween somewhat mars it for me. everywhere i turn i am bombarded by the images that represent halloween. the scary, dark images: graves, skeletons, witches, severed body parts, etc...
then there are the haunted houses such as "fright at the fort" in prospect maine and towns immersing themselves in this occultness such as bucksport maine's "ghostport day". as a christian trying to walk in the way that i should, these things are abhorrent to me! yet i am surrounded by christians and non christians alike who still believe that it is "harmless fun"
..........and then there are the wiccans and satanists............they rejoice because this is their celebration and we are going right along with them. celebrating right alongside them.
I'M A WEIRDO