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Inside: A Halloween Devotional and 4 Powerful Truths of God Inspired by the Pumpkin Patch Parable for kids and adults alike.


Key Verse:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

How do we worship God at Halloween?

This favorite holiday of kids is not often paired with worshipping God. But we are told to honor God in everything we do.

And while this is not a post on whether we should celebrate Halloween, I do think we can turn everything back to Jesus.

Halloween can be filled with frightening images:

But it doesn’t always have to be that way.

Liz Curtis Higgs, the author of more than two dozen books, provides us with a great example.

She takes a simple tradition of Halloween and turns it on its head with her sweet and uplifting story, The Pumpkin Patch Parable.

The story follows the path of a pumpkin seed’s transformation into a jack-o-lantern. In addition, scriptures are noted on many of the pages to help with the application of important lessons.

So every Halloween, as I pull out the book and cuddle up with my children under blankets and perhaps some hot cocoa, I am reminded of four powerful truths of God.


Halloween Devotional: 4 Spiritual Truths to Remember

1. We all begin as seeds.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

God’s plan for our lives is greater than we can imagine. But God doesn’t promise the path will always be easy.

So how can we know God’s plan? And the truth is, we won’t always be able to know.

But in the same way a seed needs daily care to grow, we must tend to our lives every day. We can provide care for our souls in countless ways:

Related: How to Know God: 5 Tips Learned From My First Tomato Plant

2. We are all different but beautiful.

My hand made all things. All things are here because I made them, says the Lord.

Isaiah 66:2

Like the pumpkins in the story, we are all different, but we are all made in God’s image. And one day, if we believe in Jesus, we will all be unified and made perfect and it will be more beautiful than we can ever ask or imagine.

Related: Unity in God: How I’m Learning to Share God’s Divine Love

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3. God has a plan.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for each and every one of us. Like the farmer in our story, God has to clean out our insides for us to fulfill our purpose.

The pulp in a pumpkin is sticky, and gooey, and must be cleaned out before the final step.

Our sin is just like that:

  • Sticky,
  • Gooey
  • And requires God’s purification.

As our children’s story illustrates, when we allow God to purify us and take our sins away to the compost pile, we open our hearts and lives to a new and unimaginable life. Something unbelievable from looking at a tiny pumpkin seed.

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Just like the pumpkins, we are full of pulp and sin before being cleaned out.
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4. Be a light.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds, and glorify your Father in Heaven.

Matthew 5:16

Finally, like the farmer in the story, we put a light in our pumpkins so we can share the joy and light that only comes from God.

But unlike a candle that withers away, the light our Heavenly Father provides never burns out. God offers us an eternal chance to shine.

In conclusion,

As Halloween approaches and you prepare for the festivities I pray for an enjoyable and safe holiday.

Whether you enjoy:

  • Pop-out skeletons jumping out at you
  • Cuddling up by a fireplace,
  • Or prefer to hide out in your warm house away from trick-or-treaters and weird characters

Always remember to whom you belong.

God knows our true character. We can never hide from him. His desire is to come into our lives and be a light to guide us.

To be a light that will never burn out.

So go out into the world and be a light.

In the same way, God the Father offers his children the chance to be made new, full of joy and full of light, shining like stars in a dark world.

Pumpkin Patch Parable

Reflect:

How can you be a light to those around you this season? Think of one way you can use a Halloween tradition to focus on God.

A few examples:

Related: 40 Ordinary and Practical Ways to Worship God Everyday

Meditate:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for all you have done for us and for cleansing us of all our sins. Help us make good choices and be a guiding light before us. During this busy season, help us to be a light to those around us. Help us find ways to worship you in everything we do.

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Post last updated 9/14/2022. Original post: October 2019

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13 thoughts on “A Halloween Devotional: 4 Powerful God Truths to Know from a Pumpkin

    1. Yes, And there are so many stories in the Bible of him doing just that! Praise God! Thank you for your thoughts.

  1. Great analogies. I think we can celebrate Halloween in a way that glorifies God. If we withdraw from everything then there is no “light!” We can be in the world but not of it when we do things that reflect God.

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