Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The "Greatest" Pumpkins Of All!

God finds you in the patch amidst all the others, lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He carefully opens you up, touches deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff--including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, and overall bad behaviors(with me, as in most of us, the work is never finished). Then He carves a new smiling face on us and puts His light inside of us for all the world to see!
The picture/depiction came to me this evening(many thanks to Char)in the form of an Autumn greeting. You probably know by now that I really liked it. A wonderful way to fly in the face of a holiday that for some has become a celebration of evil in our world(as if the day to day news casts weren't enough to remind us)!!! Yes, the time of ghosts and goblins approaches. Yes, there will be parties galore and revelry that may outdo last year. I give pause, though, for just a moment, with a smile playing closely about my lips, as I remember the celebrations of "All Hallows Eve" we shared in seminary. Quite another holiday entirely, and predates our modern day Halloween by hundreds of years. I pray you take the "pumpkin story" and share it with others. It's a good one, and one that I can't wait to share with the grand kids.
Now I come to the photo below. This one says a world of things in imagery that we all need in our lives. We all need that one who will walk with us closely through the many seasons of our lives. Not everyone finds that partner. In Christ we have that never failing love that will accompany us every step of the way, good times or bad, happy or sad, as the song goes; He will be there! Maybe you've been waiting in the patch awhile for someone to pick you up and go to work on the new creation you can be. No need to wait, you can simply ask and He will begin. In Christ's Love, Preacher.

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