14 October 2010

Top Ten Costumes for Adults and Children

I don't celebrate Halloween, but I love costumes.  I admit, I do get a kick out of a good costume party.  There is excitement in planning and putting together the perfect costume.  I enjoy watching my children use their imagination with their different costume changes.  Costumes give us a delightful break from being ourselves.  Since this is the season to be incognito, I have chosen ten costumes I found on Etsy.com.  Any of these are sure to amuse.

Sherlock Holmes

Custom Renaissance Gown

Custom Princess Costumes

Roman Inspired Helmet

The Queen of Hearts - Alice in Wonderland

Mad Hatter Costume

Lord of the Rings Return of King Aronon
Movie Costume Replica
Real Pirates Wear Pink

Frog Prince

Marie Antoinette

Putting amusement aside.  The reality is, we use costumes for our entertainment and masks for our everyday lives.  John Piper states, "There are two reasons why we put on masks: one is that we have not come to be satisfied in the mercy of God and so we fear what man will think of us. Our inner life is not sustained by the precious all-satisfying mercy of God and so we have to prop ourselves up with the approval of others and that means wearing a mask that they will approve."  Really?  That sounds exhausting.  Let's seek the all-satisfying mercy of God so we can be fully alive in who we are.  Can you imagine the feeling of being replenished?  That's what God does for us.  He revives our soul.  Johann von Gothe said it best, "If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise."  Save the mask for your costume.

Living Graciously,