Monday, December 6, 2010

Advent Day 6

Christmas is more than a time of music, merriment and mirth;
it is a season of meditation, mangers and miracles.
Christmas is more than a time of carols, cards and candy;
it is a season of dedication and decision.
~William Arthur Ward

Candy Cane

Reading: The legend of the candy cane begins with its color and shape. The white candy represents the miracle of the birth of Jesus. The red stripes are for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we may have eternal life. The candy cane is then formed into a "J" for Jesus and is also believed to be in the shape of a staff. Its hard consistency represents the Solid Rock, the foundation of the church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

Although this legend is disputed as being untrue, I like seeing God's purpose and symbolism honoring Him in everything, so it is true as to what I see in the candy cane and this is exactly how legends become legends!

The Candy Cane

A significant symbol of Christmas
Is the simple candy cane.
Its shape is the crook of the shepherd,
One of the first who came.
The lively peppermint flavor is
The regal gift of spice.
The white is Jesus' purity
The red is sacrifice
The narrow stripes are friendship
And the nearness of his love.
Eternal sweet compassion
A gift from God above
The candy cane reminds us all
Of how much God cared
And like His Christmas gift to use
It's meant to be broken and shared.

~ My Lord, I do not know if the original maker of the candy cane had You in mind as he created it, but I know You had him in mind. Thank you for this gift symbolic of Your Gift. ~

1 comment:

  1. I heard the candy cane story before, but never in a poem. Very cool! Love it! You ave a wonderful, inspiring and encouraging blog!


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