Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Candy Cane Conversation

The kids and I were driving around this afternoon, doing some errands and mailing Christmas cards.

Do you know about how the candy cane came to be, I asked.

Oh, yeah... the Legend of the Candy Cane or something, they replied.

I think the white stands for how Jesus washed our sin as white as snow, Jason eagerly interjected.

Yeah, and the red is for His blood, Josh added.

Oh, and the shape is like a "J" for Jesus.

And it's also like a shepherd's staff, 'cause we are such knuckleheads, laughed Josh.

That statement got quite a rise out of Jason.  He started to cry.

I am NOT stupid, he screeched.  I don't want to be called a knucklehead!!

Oh, honey, I explained, of course you aren't stupid!  You are very smart.  One of the names Jesus goes by is "The Good Shepherd," that's all.  We are like His sheep.  You know how sheep sometimes wander off... that's going astray.  The shepherd has to find them and guide them back with his staff so that they won't be eaten by wolves.

Hmmm... said Jason, still unconvinced.

Do you ever make a bad choice and do something you weren't supposed to do?

Well, yeah, he replied.

Then you went astray, and Jesus is the Shepherd that rescues you and helps you to make better choices.

Alright, but I still don't want to be called a knucklehead!

How about my little sheep, then.

Ya... okay.


hannah singer said...

love this. your kids are precious!
so grateful for that truth, wrapped up in a candy cane. emmanuel!


Susan said...

Love this!
How sweet are those kids of yours? And is that really the story of the candy cane? Regardless...I am using it. ;)

Cassi said...

Isn't it funny what they get so upset about. What a great moment for you to tell them about God's promise. And that you recognized it and did.

Tamera Beardsley said...

Linda, such a sweet, sweet holiday post :) .

Denise said...

sweet story.

i am a stupid lamb, who needs the Shepherd desperately.

merry merry!

hannah singer said...

merry christmas!

Heather said...

So precious. I love how innocent and thoughtful this conversation went.

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