Many of you may have received the story
via e-mail, on witnessing salvation by using a Jack-O-Lantern:
The inside of the pumpkin represents the sin
in our life.
When we ask Christ to forgive our sins,
HE "cleans us out" - removes the sin.
Then as Christ changes our lives, the story
suggests that we designate this by carving a happy face that shines
for the entire world to see.
The past few years I have shared Christ in the much
the same manner but by carving a unique Jesus design on my pumpkin, I
then say that it is Jesus that can be seen glowing from within us.
Others will see Jesus in us when HE lives within our
hearts. Having Christ, as Savior and Lord of your life, will make a
difference in the way the world sees you. (2 Corinthians 5:17) If
anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is passed away,
behold the new is born!
Additionally, we can see the negative becoming positive. Just like the
negative side of Christ dying - gave the positive side of eternal life
for us. I always have a little trouble thinking in reverse when I
do the Jesus-O-Lantern. BUT - it is so neat to be almost confused -
but trusting - that the project will work. It is so awesome to
see the face of Jesus so clearly after it is finished. And that it is
the way it is as we trust Christ in our daily lives - to get us
through confusing and unclear difficulties; after a while of just
doing what we know is right to do we finally do see the big picture -
Jesus was there all along!
I enlarged and drew (freehand) a “negative”
design of Jesus on a pumpkin. (See below.)
I then deeply “scrape” all of the area
designated by the black, and leave the pumpkin surface, as it is, on
all of the area designated by the white.
preserve the carved area from shrinking and discoloring, rub a light
coating of petroleum jelly into the carved area. Doing the same to the
inside helps the pumpkin from mildewing as quickly.
It is important to scrape somewhat deep (but not all
the way through) - at least ½ the thickness of the rind. One of my
tools for scraping is a long handled little baby’s spoon! I
find that the flesh area is more striking if the Jesus-O-Lantern is
illuminated with a light bulb instead of a candle. Usually a Christmas
light bulb from a ceramic tree works pretty well. I have also used a
bright flashlight (lantern type), for short demonstrations. Unless the
carved out area is very thin, a candle does not give off the intense
light needed for this display.
When my "Jesus-O-Lantern" is lit,
Jesus' face glows with flesh tones and texture!
Joyfully Serving Him,
Emmalea Butler <E><
Copyright 2000 Emmalea Butler
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