This year I thought it would be neat to carve a pumpkin with purpose.
Below you will find a few poems I found (I wish I knew who wrote them so that I could properly credit them…) that I think are super sweet in sharing with our Happy Buddies about The One who makes us shine.
Pumpkin Poem #1
I am a Jack O’ Lantern
My lights 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
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in 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
I used to use the next poem every year with my second grade class.
We’d pick a pumpkin from the patch, bring it back to our classroom, turn out the lights, and read the poem out loud while we carved. It was so powerful and the kids loved it.
One year, a little girl was so inspired by the glowing pumpkin that she broke out into “Silent Night” right then and there! Our little Christian pumpkin inspired spontaneous worship together. I’ll never forget that moment. I hope it blesses you, too!
Pumpkin Poem #2
God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all of the dirt off. Then, He cuts the top off and scoops out all of the yucky stuff. He removes seeds of doubt, hate, greed, unforgiveness, etc. Then, He carves a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see. Are you letting your light shine? Shine for Jesus!
I also found another pumpkin devotion that is just like the one above, but it is a bit more in depth. You can find the article by clicking here.
I love the idea of teaching our Happy Buddies to see Jesus in everything – even pumpkins! 🙂
Head to a Pumpkin Patch this weekend with your Happy Home.
Make it a very special date. Pick up a pumpkin (don’t forget to bring a nice, big, orange one home for your neighbor), put some cider on the stove, fill the house with praise music, and carve away using one of these poems as a guide!Happy Pumpkin Carving! 🙂
Noah looks excited to be at the Pumpkin Patch!
Yesterday was my birthday! About a month ago, my adoptive niece, Alyssa, and I went to the garden and picked a pumpkin. At the time I said that I wanted to carve my first pumpkin on my birthday. (Something my parents would never let me do as a child because it celebrated evil.) Finding a way to celebrate God creating me and turning a negative memory into a positive one is something that I will never forget!
After battling a migraine for most of the day, I got up around 2pm and Alyssa helped me find the pattern online (your site!), pulled up a pillow on the kitchen floor, and shared the experience with me. What a great time!!! God is good!
I had a rough idea of the Christian message I wanted to show on my pumpkin. My face lit up (hee hee – pun) when I saw your post. I got so excited that I went straight to work and I didn’t read the poem until later last night. The words made me cry. What a blessing! Thank you for posting this!
You can see a picture of my pumpkin on my blog:
So your post survives and thrives four years later! 🙂 I found your Jesus Pumpkin image on Pinterest, and it led me to you. I’ve been on your blog before. I used the image in my post today: http://graceglimmers.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/ready-for-fall/ Hope you have a happy home fairy day! May Jesus shine a bit from your pumpkin face and mine! 🙂 Jenn
Thanks so much for the poems and pictures. I am going to do 3 different devotions, for 3 age groups at Awana club tonight. I will carve 3 Jesus-O-Lanterns while presenting the gospel. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it. God Bless, 28-Oct-2015