Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Legend of the Candy Cane

The Legend of the Candy Cane

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for Jesus, My Lord, that's for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!

Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy at Christmas time that would serve as a witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus. He began with a stick of pure white hard candy; white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the Church; firmness to represent the promise of God. The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought it could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd, with which he reached 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 scourging 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 true meaning is still there for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Author Unknown
I hope by this time everyone is into the holiday season. I always enjoy reading this story about the candy cane. I love candy canes and nuts and oranges and tangerines and all the Christmas smells. I hope your life is filled with Christmas Happiness and God's love.Merry Christmas from my house to yours.
Lisa :)


Patti said...

I love the story about the candy cane!

Maxine said...

Thanks Lisa. I see you are still keeping up the Christmas spirit. I love the candy cane story. Let's think about it when we look at candy canes, shall we? I suppose we shouldn't fail to think about Jesus during any part of the season actually.

Susan said...

Thank you for the story on the candy cane.I enjoyed reading it.Have a great week.God Bless.

Nanny said...

Hello Lisa,
So glad to hear from you and I always enjoy reading about the candy cane.
Thank you for putting it on your blog.
Larry is due home any time now from dialysis. Justin, Hannah & Harrison are here to put up the decorations for me.
I hope they will enjoy doing this. The only thing is they will have to also take it down.
I am getting nothing for christmas is playing and it is so cute.
Must go I just heard the kids coming in the front door.
Love you,