Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

A jack-o-lantern is a popular decoration at this time of year. From my vantage point, that is the only acceptable use of a pumpkin. I don’t like the taste or smell of pumpkin in any form. I don’t like pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spread, or pumpkin scented candles or deodorizer. Admittedly, I seem to be in the minority, but I accept that place without regret.

Jack-o-lanterns fascinate me. I have seen some extremely intricate designs carved into those Tennessee orange globes. I have even tried to carve my own designs. However, my carvings are not any better than my artistic drawing on paper.

We have a pumpkin-carving pro amongst us though. Steve Newman is a professional. He has created some of the most detailed and amazing carvings in his pumpkins through the years. His house is on the list of a lot of people who have come to expect him to delight them with his holiday creations.

Jack-o-lanterns do make a great spiritual point for Christians. The carving process takes a sticky, messy, (inedible to me) vegetable and turns it into a piece of artwork. Each one makes it own statement by its own design. Each one reflects the effort of its creator.

A Christian is designed from a messed up, condemned, troubled individual in need of a change. Each one is a cleaned up, saved, changed individual who reflects the unique image that the Creator intended before sinned came in and ruined the original design. Now, a Christian is a redeemed individual who appreciates His Designer. “…as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’” (I Corinthians 1:31)