Redeeming Halloween: Let it Shine Lesson Plan {part 3} …by Susie

Welcome back to our Redeeming Halloween series : Let it Shine! 

In case you are joining us for the first time, the Redeeming Halloween series was birthed out of the tension I felt when my boys were still very young and I felt myself becoming stressed out about the graphic Hallowe’en displays in EVERY store we entered.  I wasn’t only concerned about  finding ways to protect these innocent little ones from the  gory costumes but I also couldn’t ignore my growing lack of peace about the subtle but real references to the occult as well.  Combine that with a strong conviction that I am called as a parent to INSULATE not ISOLATE my children from the tough stuff of the world – to be in the world but not of the world – and the result is that Halloween has oddly become an extra fun time to explore the truths of God together as a family.  Who would have ever thought Halloween could be one of the most rewarding seasons in the devotional life of our family?

After the success of last year,  (you can read about it HERE)  October has officially been renamed “Glow month” in the Butler home and my kids have already been rummaging through the craft closet in search of the mysterious “glow basket” full of supplies.  Thanks to the bazillion of glow products available and  the glow-in-dark activities that are all the rage  on Pinterest these days,  we simply didn’t have enough days in the month of October last year ( or hours in the days) to do all we had planned for Halloween.  So, as a result,  I have a few more great “let it shine” activities to share with you!  

 This year I’ve picked out a memory verse for us:

“God once said, ‘Let the light shine out of the darkness!” And this is the same God who made HIS light shine in OUR hearts.”     2 Corinthians 4:6 {emphasis added}

Let light shine in the darkness

Photo Source:  www.Iwilltrustinyou.org

Last year during my search for all things glow-in-the-dark, I discovered several recipes for making Glow water!  All it took was getting my hands on a UV light source and a trip to the dollar store to buy packs of highlighters in several colors.  Instructions on making Glow water can be found here:

Play at Home Blog ,  Growing a Jeweled Rose,  and Chemisty.about.com

Oh! DON’T FORGET YOU WILL NEED A UV LIGHT TO MAKE THIS WORK! !  THE DEVOTIONAL WILL BOMB WITHOUT IT!!!  I bought This one from Amazon last year.  I’m confident most party or hardware stores carry them this time of year as well.    I promise this was so easy- peasy to do.  Below you can see  the highlighter “insides” soaking in water in a few containers on my counter top.  The boys thought this was so cool.  If you look closely enough you can see one of them coming in for the 100th time from playing outside  to “check” on the glow water 😉

more glow water

Once the sun had fully set, I gave the boys the Ok and they ran around the house turning off every single light source, closed every blind and shade and made the house as dark as they possibly could.  Then they ran into the kitchen fully expecting to see the glow water doing just that – glowing!  They were sooooo disappointed!  (yay!  that was the point!!!)  I asked them to try with all their might  to concentrate and make the water glow – NOTHING!  We did silly things like yell, 3, 2, 1…GLOW! as if we could command the water to glow.  No luck.

However, unbeknownst to the boys, I had plugged in the UV light (while fumbling about in the dark) and reminded them about our memory verse, which tells us that it is God’s light that shines IN us. Then I turned on the UV light and WOW! Isn’t this just great??  You can see how dark it is in our house and then wow!  Just look at this water glow!

it glows

And if it looks good in picture taken in a completely dark room, you know it looked spectacular in real life!!!

This was the perfect lesson to point out that no matter how hard we tried to make the water glow out of our own efforts, it didn’t work.  The only way the water was able to shine was if the UV light shone through it.   So it is with us and shining for God.  On our own we don’t have any way to shine in the darkness of our hurting world.  It’s God’s light that shines in us.  His light pierces the darkness and points the way to truth and love and redemption. 

Let it Shine!

Susie

So tell us…did you join in the Let’s Shine Jesus’ Light family focus for October last year?  If you did, we’d love to hear about it.  We desire this to be a place to share ideas and successes!  

p.s. Local peeps.  I have an extra UV light if you want to borrow it 🙂

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