October 31

The style of jack-o-lanterns which my children carve has changed through the years.  They are considerably more elaborate now.  Yet, they serve the same purpose.  They are a delightful and fun activity.  They give the kids a sense of accomplishment as they are displayed on our porch.  They lend a semi-scary touch to the trick or treating scene. They are a tradition.

The way we relate to one another changes as we grow, but we are still called to the same purpose.  We are still called to love one another as Jesus loves us.  We add more complex ways of reaching out and helping others.  We may better understand how what we do helps others.  And, we remain deeply loving.

Loving God, we thank you for walking with us in all stages of our lives.  We thank you for your patience with  us.  We thank you for teaching us and encouraging us to grow.  Please nudge us in the directions that challenge us to become the persons you want us to be.  Amen.

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