Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Pumpkin Patch Parable

After we picked out the perfect pumpkin, we thought it would be fun to do some carving. We thought we would do a little reading first to help us. If you aren't familiar with The Pumpkin Patch Parable, it is a cute story about how a farmer grows a pumpkin and how he turns it into a glowing, glorious sight for everyone to see. On each page it provides a Bible verse to parallel the story of carving a pumpkin to the story of our lives being made clean because of Christ's ultimate sacrifice.
Just like the farmer we washed our perfect pumpkin.
Next we prepared for the messy part.
We cut a circle around the stem.
Seth learned how to gently pull the stem with a little help from daddy.
The farmer looked inside at all the stringy pulp, so we thought we would, too.
We scooped out all the seeds and slimy pulp.
Then instead of carving a smiling face like the farmer did, we decided to carve a message on ours. We thought "HOME, SWEET, HOME" would be perfect. We placed our pumpkin on our porch for everyone to see.
And just like our glowing pumpkin, we learned that we "... should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16.

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