Updated: Mar 5, 2019

My niece and I spent hours at the Kings Island Haunt this past weekend. I normally do not go out of my way to be frightened as my startle reflex is always on hyper-drive. But I went, and we had a howling good time! - Too, corny?

Vincent Price in House of Wax

While I have never been a huge fan of Halloween – mostly because I could never think of anything to be but a gypsy or a hobo, and I really did not eat candy…you heard me J. My sister always stole it!

However, I did watch all those old black and white “horror” films with the greats like Boris Karloff, the legendary Frankenstein, and Vincent Price. Price starred in films like Theatre of Horror, The Raven, and the one I remember most vividly - House of Wax. I was drawn to the fear in these movies. They took the place of my real fears.

What is it about being scared? I suppose it is that we crave adrenalin. It makes us feel alive, as long as we are not in grave danger, of course. Unless, that is you are like those base jumpers and free climbers and have that gene that lowers your fear factor.

I digress. What really scared me back in the day were the shows about hell and demons. No one in my family really talked about them being real, but I just knew they could be.

Jesus mentions this reality. He said in Matthew 13:38-40, “The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.”

We do not like to think about this justice side of God – but it is part of his nature. Holy cannot abide unholy. That is, evil cannot co-exist with the Holiest of Holies.

I am not going to debate hell or who is going there. That is way above my pay grade and my understanding. But I do need reminding about this very real darkness. It found a way into our world because God allowed free will. And this darkness likes to scare us, derail us, keep us down as much as possible. We cannot focus the possibilities of God’s love if our minds & hearts are stuck in the dark. We cannot see the goodness if we are blinded by the ugliness.

shadow and light
Photo by Alexa Kiblinger, 2018

Paul warned us about the ghouls and goblins of this cold world. He also reminded us that the darkness cannot do its damage if we keep our eyes on the source of light and warmth – Jesus.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39


I love the beach. Basking in the light and warmth is a comfort and just feels right, especially in the grey, dark days of winter. My entire life is no different. I would rather gaze upon the Son, and let him melt that house of wax that fear built than dwell one second in the shadows - unless my niece insists on another haunt, of course.

Things to ponder:

  • Where do you look most? At the darkness or the light?

  • What might help you move out of the shadows?

  • Have you considered the Source of light for your own life?

  • Would you rather have the experience of frightful adrenaline or adrenaline that comes from joyful expectation?

Kings Island Haunt
With the beautiful and fearless Alexa

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