Today's reflection comes from Rev Lorette

 

I don’t usually walk my dogs near roads but the awful weather this week has meant that we’ve had to whilst avoiding the worst of the rain. In walking past various houses I spotted a number of pumpkins, carved and ready for Halloween. Although it’s not an event that I acknowledge, many do and there is a reminder that Being a Christian is just like a pumpkin not my words by someone else’s…

First, God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you in from the field. The Bible says He selects us out of the world. We are in the world, but no longer of the world.

He then washes all the “dirt” off the outside that we received from being around all the other pumpkins. All the outside influences of our former life must be cleaned up. Old things are passed away and all things are become new.

Then, He carefully removes all the “yucky stuff” called “sin” out from the inside. Look at this! Yuk! Sin will not have such internal power. He then changes us from the inside out by the Power of His Word. That’s why it is important to go the church and learn about God’s Word.

He carefully removes all those seeds of doubt, hate, greed, and fear. He replaces them with the seeds of faith, hope and love. After Jesus is invited inside, you begin to experience the changing power of God’s love in your life.

Then He carves a new smiling face. Our expression is changed by the power of His presence in our life. We then become so grateful. It can even show on our face!

Pumpkins are carved to hold candles so they reflect the light from inside out. So too, when Jesus, who is called the Son of Light, lives inside of us, He shines through our life for all to see. We can let His light reflect through us to reveal His presence. “Let your light so shine before people that they may be able to see your good works and glorify your Father, who is in heaven.”

So you see, we Christians are really like this pumpkin!

The prayer below is written by author Liz Curtis Higgs. If you are going to be carving pumpkins with your children or grandchildren this is a great little prayer to say while you are doing it!

{cut off top of pumpkin}
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you.

{remove innards}
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you.
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.

{cut open eyes}
Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me.

{cut out nose}
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the good food you provide.

{cut out mouth}
Let everything I say please You.

{light the candle}
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do. Amen

(By: Liz Curtis Higgs)