Sunday, December 16, 2012

Candy Maker's Witness


Just got home from my trip to Utah, to visit with my family. What a wonderful 6 days it was. I think it was just what my soul needed. I have been missing them and that feeling always gets stronger during the holiday season. So I am very grateful for that early Christmas gift!
Another gift that I recieved today, was that of meeting a new friend on my flight home. We sat next to each other and the two hour trip home, just flew by. I was amazed at her strength and strong spirit. Her life had not been easy or fair, and those things could have truly made her bitter and sad... but she wasn't. She was definitely one of those half FULL type of people and within that 2 hours together, she made me want to be a better person. Now that is the type of friend that everyone should have!
It was good to get home and go on my Date Night with Jeff, we missed last night since I wasn't here. I do love that guy. Almost 35 years since we first met, and still I could hardly wait to go out with him tonight!    
Found this sweet story about how and why Candy Canes were made. I wonder if I do enough in my life to let others know how much I love and honor my Savior? I admired this person's testimony.
Good night dear friends! 

A Candy Maker's Witness

Author: Unknown
A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; and hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Saviour. It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd" with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scouring Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane - a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who "have eyes to see and ears to hear". I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness to the WONDER OF JESUS AND HIS GREAT LOVE that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominate force in the universe today.

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