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Turn Out the Lights or Let Them Shine?

Turn Out the Lights or Let Them Shine?

I vividly recall a conversation in the women’s restroom among Christian women one chilly October many years ago. I was a new Christian, easily impressed by so many new ideas. They shared that on Halloween they would proudly keep their porch lights off, not offering candy to neighborhood children. As I thought about this, I wondered what Christ would do.

As a child, I was among those who donned costumes and knocked on doors for candy. In my early twenties, I continued to don a costume and party with my friends. When our first daughter was a child, Tim dressed as Count Dracula, I was a witch, and Kristina was our baby bat. But our lives were a nightmare, until I picked up a Bible and actually began to read it. I began to embrace what the Bible says about this topic, but I still didn’t know how to handle this Halloween date – turn out my light or let it shine? And so I prayed.

God readily responds to our questions in His Word:

You are the light of the world.

A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket,

but on a lampstand,

and it gives light

to all who are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works

and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

But how?

I had a beautiful ceramic pumpkin bowl my mother had made. To the candy I traditionally placed inside to hand out, I glued Scriptures. I also added cheap rings and items that kids enjoy but purchased items with Christian themes. We would leave our lights on – the light of our home and the light in our hearts.

Follow the link to our website for our current strategy and a downloadable copy of the Scripture bookmarks we use. It’s a simple, fun project for the entire family.   (Halloween: Let Your Light Shine – A strategy as we seize the opportunity)

All inspiration for prayer is powerful. And we have the authority and responsibility. So let’s not hold anything back but use every resource our God has provided to change individuals, communities, and nations.


What are your ideas for shining your light in this present darkness? Share them with us. Share them with the world.

By: Connie Norris

Connie’s passion is to mobilize women and children to pray. Please visit her website, “My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations” or connect with her on Facebook at

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