reverse trick-or-treating

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My friend has a favorite saying: Do small things with great love.

We can’t all do everything, but we can all do something. Even tired and busy mamas of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

This morning I got together with a few other moms to do something a little special for folks in a local retirement home. We dressed up our little ones in their Halloween costumes on this dreary October morning, filling pails with candy to do some “reverse trick-or-treating.”

Oh, you guys. It was so sweet. So sweet to see the smiles on the faces of a generation who has seen their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren grow up. So sweet to see chubby little hands excitedly grab some candy to place in the old farmer’s wrinkly and weathered hands. So sweet to see widow whose family lives far away pull in little costumed monkey for a hug. So sweet to see a group of ladies throw their heads back in laughter when Joseph, in his Thomas the Train gear, held up three fingers and proudly proclaimed he was FOUR!

There were other comical moments, too. Like the white-haired lady who turned to her friend after seeing Joseph, and loudly announced, “We have three little black children at our church! They were born in Ethiopia!” I had to chuckle, because she thought she was whispering, and I know she meant no harm.

There was also the time that I joked with a gentleman, giving him a hard time for not taking a piece of candy. And then he told me he was diabetic. Oops.

So many people thanked us for coming, but I just wanted to thank them. Thank them for sweet hearts, thank them for working hard, for raising up the generations before me.. Thank them for their successes and struggles. Thank them for all of their stories and their smiles.

Throughout scripture, we see God’s heart for the older generation. Proverbs 16:31 says that gray hair is a mark of distinction, the award for a God-loyal life. We see God tell us that pure + undefiled religion is to take care of the widows and the forgotten.

Our little visit was nothing big, but I believe God works BIG through the small things we do with a genuine heart and giving spirit.

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