Halloween or Christmas?

Carpe Diem means seize the day. I hear the phrase used to suggest that we capture the moment, stop and smell the roses or live like it’s our last day. This time of year, with holidays close together, “Seize the day” is hard to heed. Halloween decorations have been for sale since the first of August. November 1, we will see Santa and his reindeer in all their glory arrive from the North Pole. Oh, there’ll be comments. “Tisk,Tisk, it’s all so commercial,” as we slide from one money spending venture to the other. It does bring up a question. Do we enjoy where we are at the moment?

Personally, I have never been a big Halloween fan. I was not in the “anti” group, but I never gave it much energy. Yes, we always had 3 pumpkins to carve and our children loved to trick or treat with their neighborhood friends. Costumes were an afterthought, knowing we had the big box of dress up clothes with a half dozen wigs. With the help of Max Factor, little girls could be changed into a ballerina, Dolly Parton or Pippi Longstocking in minutes.

On the other hand, Bill loves Halloween because he loves to pass out candy and joke with the children. He doesn’t put a lot of time into preparation, but around 5 pm, October 31, I hear him running up and down the stairs to the attic. The small, scrawny, fake Christmas tree and wreath bought years ago at the local grocery, with the living room red chair are assembled on the front porch. Bill’s dad’s, moth eaten, green and red plaid Pendleton jacket is pulled from the recesses of the closet, along with an old Santa hat. Children arrive at our door with confused faces as they are being wished Merry Christmas and are offered “Christmas” candy. Conversations ensue, with little children in Batman costumes trying to convince Bill that it is not Christmas, but Halloween. He apologizes for getting mixed up and that he doesn’t have any Halloween candy. They assure him that they are willing to accept Christmas candy on Halloween. Three years ago when Bill was sick, there was no annual trek to the attic. The questions of his whereabouts and disappointment on children’s faces have caused him to take up his role once more.

I have been thinking about life in the moment and it has nothing to do with the approaching calendar. Time can be spent looking back to unscramble the past or into the future to plan and manage areas over which we have no control. When we take a walk, look out a window or look into the face of the person in front of us there is much to ponder and change us at the moment. I have missed so much when I am running to the next item on my list or putting lots of energy into the past or future.

Engaging in the moment with our hearts and minds is not always easy. There are distractions all around. The apostle Paul gives a framework.

“You’ll do best by filling your minds and mediating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious- the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8-9 (The Message)

This year I have a stronger need than ever to see and know what each moment has in store. Normally, I have my Christmas list going, recipes thought through and calendar filling up. It just isn’t happening right now. Maybe because I have missed so much in the past when I didn’t see each moment. Being in the moment isn’t just another nice cliche. It is where God can meet me and make His changes for the moment but also for eternity. The time is always “now” on God’s watch. It’s time to adjust my watch to His.


9 thoughts on “Halloween or Christmas?

  1. I found myself enjoying this entry more than any previous one. It gave me much to process and it provoked many emotions. Thank you, Lindy, for your creative and amazing insights. We love you!

  2. Lindy, your writing truly penetrates to the core-clearly, our LORD is working in you and through you. Thanks also for the wonderful picture of Bill and his cleverness

  3. Lindy your blog today resonated very deeply. Thank you for sharing so intimately and vulnerably. Bill in Christmas plaid on Halloween….and that is why we love him so!!!

  4. Dear Lindy,

    Slowing down and trying to enjoy each moment has not come easily to me. In my younger years, it was important to “not put off till tomorrow what I can do today,” making each day very full of busy-ness. Recently, the age thing has managed to slow me down enough that I try harder to seize the moment. Thanks for reminding me that I must slow down spiritually, also, in order to hear God’s message.

  5. Well said Lindy. As I am trying to find more “margin” in my life, I too am putting more emphasis on spending time with the people we love and less on the commercial stuff. Fortunately we have kids who have the same ideals and that makes life easier. I pray you and I both will enjoy each day more and be less “busy”. Love your blog..

  6. Thank you as always for allowing us to know you and Bill more personally through your writing gift and love for the Lord. I’m so glad that the Lord has given you both a new and refreshing perspective on how you can share His love, grace and mercy. You are both very creative, too! Love this idea about greeting the children on Halloween. Bet it really does bring new opportunities for conversation and fun. 🙂

  7. Good thoughts! Did you get my e mail About lunch? I need a contact for the lady who invited me to your luncheons! K+ Sent from my iPhone


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