Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Prince of Peace!


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During a sermon last Sunday,our priest shared some interesting information about the symbols and traditions during Christmas- like the Christmas tree, the socks, Santa Claus, the gift giving, the kiss under the mistletoe and the candy cane. The latter amused me so much because I've never thought of googling the meaning of it or what candy cane symbolizes.

If you look at the candy cane like this it definitely looks like the letter J. Jesus starts with the letter J, so that should remind us of Jesus and help us to remember that Christmas is Jesus' birthday.

If you look at the candy cane like thisit looks like a shepherd's crook. In about 1670 the choirmaster in Cologne Cathedral had sticks of candy bent into the shape of a shepherd’s crook and passed them out to children who attended the ceremonies.

A shepherd uses his crook to keep the sheep from wandering away from the flock and getting lost or eaten by a wild animal. The Bible says, "The Lord is my shepherd." The candy cane should remind us that Jesus is our shepherd and he will keep us from wandering away and getting lost or hurt.

The color white in a candy cane symbolizes purity. It should remind us that Jesus was the spotless Lamb of God and that because he came to be the sacrifice for our sin, we can become as white as snow. The flavor of peppermint is similar to another member of the mint family, hyssop. In the Old Testament hyssop was used for purification and sacrifice, and this is said to also symbolize the purity of Jesus and the sacrifice he made.

The candy cane should also have three red stripes. The Bible tells us that before he was crucified, Jesus was beaten with a whip which made blood-red stripes across his back. The Bible says that we are healed by those stripes. (He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his stripes you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 ) The stripes on the candy cane should remind us that Jesus suffered and died, so that we can have an everlasting life.

Faith never knows where it is being led,
but it loves and knows the One who is leading.


May we all remember the birth of the Good Shepherd during our celebration and give Him our love and faith as our gift. =D Merry Christmas!



Over the skies of Bethlehem appeared a star
While angels sang to lowly shepherds
Three Wisemen seeking truth they traveled from afar
Hoping to find the child from heaven
Falling on their knees they bow before the humble Prince of Peace

The sun cannot compare to the glory of your love
There is no shadow in your presence
No mortal man would dare to stand before your throne
Before the Holy One of heaven
It's only by Your blood
It's only through Your mercy
Lord, I come

We bring an offering of worship to our King
No one on earth deserves the praises that we sing
Jesus may you receive the honor that you're due
O Lord I bring an offering to you

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ALSO!!!!
December 24

Happy Birthday Phillip!


He's one of my answered prayers. =)
I love you bro!


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8 comments:

Lori Laws said...

Hi Paige,

"Faith never knows where it is being led,but it loves and knows the One who is leading." LOVE that!

Happy belated Birthday to Phillip!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your great comment! It was a confirmation of what has been stirring in my heart. I see God's hand on you, Paige :) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! God bless!

Thinker said...

Love the candy cane post :o). Thank you! God bless.

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Anders W. Ellingsen said...

I am sorry but the orientation expressed in the post is all wrong. Ask not what God can do for you but what you can do for God. Christ, The Son, is not our leader but our mission.

As a symbol the stick is *definitely* not the stick of Jesus as the Shepard. Jesus will **not** exercise leadership.

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sapphire_bubble^^ said...

Nice to meet you, i am malaysian. Thanks for your post, now i know what is the candy cane symbolize, before this i thought it was only for eaten! thanks for enlightening me and makes me closer to God~

Anders W. Ellingsen said...

Hi Paige,

I want to show you something. It has to do with animals and women. Tihi! :-)

The animals on the ground were created for several reasons. They were created the sixth day. The day before the fish and the fowls were created, and one wants to be fresh as fish is in the water and one wants to be free as the bird. That is a contradiction. God let us find the way out of the contradiction of the soul and the spirit by the animals on the ground. The animals on the ground picture our rationality. They picture our reason where the plants on the ground picture our feelings shown. Creatures are cases of speech where the plants are bodily expressions. By the creation of the creatures we took or gained control: Man was created immediately after that.

Noah was the first to eat meat. And so he was the first to be fed by reason. You find my explanation of what this means on my English home page at http://www.vaccinius.com/the-female-calling. This is what I want to show you.

By reading The Law of Moses we see that the animals meant a lot to the Children of Israel. Offerings of cattle (of reason) were very important. And Moses clearly stated what kind of animals (reason) we should allow ourselves to be fed upon.

One is quite right condemning brutality against animals. The one brutal to animals shows he is brutal to rationality. He will not reason but will be instrumental by thought. Today’s industrial treatment of cattle is a symbol of what science has become.

Lecia said...

The candy cane is a good reminder that everything points to Christ. Thanks for your uplifting blog.