The devil has a head start on fear for the coming year. While doing some Internet research I stumbled on an ad that immediately caught my eye. Every year it seems that holidays come earlier and earlier. They break out the pumpkins for Thanksgiving around Labor Day. Christmas decorations used to go up at the end of November, now the tinsel appears as soon as the Halloween costumes are taken down. But the Devil’s Day excursion I’m about to describe is booking customers almost 10 months in advance.

A splashy web site is advertising a special Halloween vacation called the Ship of Fear Horror Cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. Music on board will be by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame and Alice Cooper. Even if he is a Christian, I don’t want to be on a ship that emphasizes the demonic. Other hosts include Ed Gale who plays the demonic character Chucky in the “Child’s Play” horror film series; Tom Holland who directed the “Tales from the Crypt” TV show; Joe Dante who is famous for “The Howling,” a film about werewolves; Mary Lambert who directed “Pet Sematary,” based on the Stephen King novel. Activities will include a zombie prom. All this for a minimum of $1,099 or a grand suite for $3,599 to spend five days terrified out of your mind. And this fear cruise is being marketed 10 months in advance.

I have no desire to live from now until October 28 in anticipation of being confined at sea on a ship of terror. I intend to spend between now and December 31, 2013 living in hope and confidence that faith in the One who holds my future in His hands will make this coming year a better year than any I’ve experienced. No ship of fear will be allowed to dock in my spiritual life.