Happy Harvest!

A lady had recently been baptized. One of her coworkers asked her what it was like to be a Christian. She was caught off guard for an answer until she looked up and saw a jack-o'-lantern on the desk, and answered: "It's like being a pumpkin."

The worker asked her to explain that one.

"Well, God picks you out of the pumpkin patch and brings you in and washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. Then he cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff from inside. He removes all those seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside of you to shine for all to see. It is our choice to either stay outside and rot on the vine or come inside and be something new and bright." 

I'll never look at a pumpkin the same way again!

(A selection of Autumn goodies)

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~ Pumpkin Prayer ~

Dear God, As I carve my pumpkin,
help me say this prayer:
Open my mind so I can
learn about You;
(Cut the top of the pumpkin)
Take away all my sin and forgive
me for the wrong things I do;
(Clean out the inside)
Open my eyes so Your Love I will see;
(Cut eyes shaped like hearts)
I'm sorry for turning up my
nose to all You've given me;
(Cut a nose in the shape of the cross)
Open my ears so Your Word
I will hear;
(Cut ears shaped like the Bible)
Open my mouth so I can
tell others You're near;
(Cut mouth in the shape of a fish)
Let Your Light shine in all
I say and do! Amen.
(Place a candle and light it.)

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~ Christian Jack-O-Lantern ~

I'm a Christian Jack O' Lantern
My light will shine so bright
For I'm a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what's right

My nose is like the cross
On which our Savior died
To set us free from sin
We need no longer hide

My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to know
That Christians live inside this house
And love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas
My eyes are like the star
That shone on Baby Jesus
And wise men saw from far

My color, it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God's own Son

And so on Halloween
Let's set our pumpkins out
And tell the trick or treaters
What God's love is all about!

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~ A Thanksgiving Wish ~

'Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white,
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
The thought of a snack became infatuation.

So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and leftover potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans, and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
'Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie,

But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees...
"Happy eating to all; pass the cranberries, please!"

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize.
And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!