Tis the season for witches and wizards, ghosts and goblins, slasher movies and celebrating the satanic. Not for me.
Don’t assume I’m the Grinch who stole Trick or Treat. Dressing up like a princess, a fireman, or a clown and begging the neighbors for candy doesn’t bother me, but our culture’s fascination with the bizarre and the occult drives me to God’s Word where I cling to Philippians 4:8-9. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things… and the God of peace will be with you.
However, October is filled with invitations to witness whatever is false, whatever is gross, whatever is ugly, whatever is evil, and whatever is to be feared. When we think about these things, we do not enjoy peace.
I have seen first-hand the effects of Nightmare on Elm Street upon a young mind. Knowing I would not approve, one of my sons decided to watch this “thriller” at a friend’s house. We spent two days dealing with unexplainable fears and trembling (literally!) until he fessed up. He wasn’t a little guy of five or six years old. He was twelve. Only after the spiritual warfare of prayers and scripture and praise to the Savior did the spirit of fear flee.
Considering the date of this post, I decided to search for the perfect classic children’s book to represent peace and satisfaction to the soul, the antithesis to horror. Here’s what I chose:
Good Night, Moon never mentions God, yet the essence of Philippians 4 flows through every word and illustration. Minimal text conveys the sweet peace and security that we wish for every child in the universe, including ourselves.
When my boys were tiny, Good Night, Moon was their favorite bedtime story. I could whisper the words as we said good night to all that was familiar and safe: clothes, toys, furniture. Then I would tuck them in, knowing they would drop off into slumber safe and secure in their beds, in their home, with their parents, and under the watchful eye of a good and loving God.
What books have you found to be balm to the soul? What have you used for bedtime stories to invite the God of peace to rock your children to sleep?
Daughter and I have had several discussions about the temptations to watch things she wouldn’t normally be allowed to watch at sleepovers and such. She knows it’s one of the reasons she has not been allowed to stay for sleepovers in the past but now that she is in 5th grade, we’re loosening the reigns a bit. I pray she makes the right decisions and so far I have been proud of her choices but I know we all make mistakes and can learn from them so we shall see how things go.
She really enjoys listening to the Psalty CDs at night. I purchased the entire collection a few years ago. Sometimes she listens to the shorter SleepyTime cds, sometimes the longer adventures. Drifting off to praise music is a wonderful way to send her to sleep. I enjoy listening to them with her, too.
As for books, she’s a little old for it now but I liked How Big is God by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Great idea to fall asleep listening to praise music. How can anyone fear as they drift off in confidence of their Lord?