Today is Thursday’s Parable and I want to share a humorous story about Halloween.
The parable is titled, Church Candy. I do hope you enjoy it.
ONE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN
Leah, 9 and her 10 year old brother Barker were hiding under the dining room table when their grandmother’s guest, Mrs. Whitmore from church showed up.
The two mischievous siblings had a habit of listening in on their parents and grandmother’s conversations.
While the two elderly ladies were in the living room, Leah and Barker quietly crawled near the entry way of the living room.
“Oh Lord, thank you for this day and may You forever be with us in everything that we do and say…Amen.”
“Amen,” chimed in the siblings grandmother.
Mrs. Whitmore was also their grandmother’s prayer partner.
“Sheryl, why didn’t you come to the Women’s Bible Study last night?” asked Mrs. Whitmore as she kicked off her shoes.
“Well, to tell you the truth…I didn’t want to go last night.” Leah and Barker’s grandmother told her friend.
“Oh. I see,” replied Mrs. Whitmore. “Is there something going on I don’t know about?”
“I can’t stand all that church candy!” lamented the children’s grandmother in her usual raspy voice.
Barker and Leah could barely sustain their excitement.
“Did you hear that?” Barker whispered over to his sister Leah
“I sure did,” Leah said with a hungry grin. “The church’s got candy this year!”
Barker and Leah quickly crept away and headed into the family room.
“Leah, I can’t believe mom-mom didn’t let us know about the Halloween party at church,” Barker said to his sister as he turned on the television.
“Mom-mom did ask me to go to church with her on Halloween…, but I told her I didn’t want to go with her … I’m sorry I told her no. ” Leah said while flopping down on the sofa.
Barker and Leah sat quietly in the room in deep thought.
“Leah! Barker! Why are you two so quiet in here? ” asked their grandmother.
The two looked up at their grandmother with a sad face.
“Mom-mom, why didn’t you tell us about the Halloween party at your church?” Barker asked her.
“What Halloween party?” their grandmother asked in a curious tone.
Leah suddenly leaped from the sofa and ran over and wrapped her arms around her grandmother’s legs.
Looking at her grandmother, Leah smiled.
“I changed my mind, mom-mom,” said Leah with a devilish smile. “I want to go to church with you on Halloween.
“Me too.” chimed in Barker.
“You do?” replied their grandmother with astonishment.
Leah and Barker both nodded their heads.
“Well, okay. But you know we don’t celebrate Halloween at our church. ”
“We know that mom-mom.” said Barker winking over at his sister Leah. “We know that.”
Barker, Leah and their grandmother arrived at the church around 7:00 pm. The parking lot was half full with cars.
While they were entering the church, several children ran past them wearing Halloween costumes and carrying bags filled with treats.
“Look at that girl mom-mom…she’s dressed like an ice princess.” Leah said.
“That’s a shame,” replied her grandmother.
“Why mom-mom?” asked a puzzled Leah.
“Because Halloween is the Devil’s holiday!” retorted her grandmother, as they stepped inside the church.
The church lights were dim. Only a few people were present.
Barker leaned over and whispered to Leah, “I don’t see any other kids.”
“That’s because they are probably downstairs where the party is.” Leah told him.
Leah, Barker and their grandmother sat down.
A few minutes later, Mrs. Whitmore came in with her husband and they sat up front.
Barker was getting antsy. He wanted to get downstairs to the Halloween party.
So did his sister Leah.
“I wish the two of you would keep still,” their grandmother told them. “The two of you asked to come to church with me…now, behave yourself. Service is about to start. ”
“But we want to go downstairs to the party, mom-mom,” Leah said, as she stood up.
“Yeah,” Barker said in agreement. “We want to go to the party before all the church candy is gone.”
“Church candy?” exclaimed their grandmother. “What church candy?”
“You know what church candy mom-mom.” Leah said.
“We heard you tell Mrs. Whitmore about it…don’t you remember?” Barker asked her.
LATER THAT HALLOWEEN NIGHT
Barker and Leah ran into the house and stomped upstairs to their bedrooms.
Their grandmother followed behind them.
She went into the kitchen where her son and daughter-in-law were having a cup of coffee.
“Hi mom, how was church tonight?” asked her son.
“It was interesting.” she told them with an awkward smile.
“Did the children enjoy themselves?” her daughter-in-law asked her.
“Uh…I don’t think so.” she told them.
“Why not?” asked her son.
“Oh, it might be because of the church candy,” she said.
Later that evening, Leah and Barker’s grandmother knelt down and prayed.
“Lord, thank You for this day. And please forgive me for my sins. I also ask that you forgive me for saying bad things about the people in my church. And help me with my fiery tongue. And Lord, please let me have the courage to tell my grandchildren, Leah and Barker that church candy is something I made up to describe the folks I don’t like at my church. And Lord, please remind me to tell them that talking about people is wrong. In Jesus name…,Amen. ”
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
I Peter 2:1
Church Candy does fill up shelves (pews) in a number of churches and with a variety of flavors and ingredients.
Sweet and sour
Fruit and nuts
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian
Church Candy© 2014 by Counterfeit Christian Blog
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