It's worth a smile on the pumpkin

So, what did you do last Thursday night? I was surrounded by princesses, witches, ghouls, skeletons, spiders, hot dogs, face painting, sparklers, ball games, roasting marshmallows, jelly-drinking competitions, dancing the macarena ... and lots of laughing and joking and fun. We were at the Light Party on Plenty and it was Halloween.

We took a pumpkin and cut holes - the eyes, ears and smiley mouth. Halloween has a history that is about light in the darkness. People are scared of death and ghosts; people are uncertain about what happens to the dead; people do worry about spirits walking; people do get caught up in darkness and doubt and fear when they think about death. In Jesus there is no death or darkness or fear; in Jesus there is life and light.

And so we had a Light Party at Plenty on Halloween so that everyone who wandered past and stopped to join us would know the light of Jesus. Now that deserves a smile on the pumpkin. Jesus repeated the words of the Prophet Isaiah who was around about 700 years before him: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light (of Jesus) shone". (Matthew 4:16 and Isaiah 9:2)

- Mary Lewis