November 10 Home Communicator – One of my favorite days in 3 School is the Fall Festival. On that special day, the teachers gather the students on the rug and explain to them how they are like a pumpkin. In the middle of the rug sits a pumpkin—lumpy and bumpy on the outside and filled with a slimy mess of pulp, strings, and seeds on the inside. The teacher reaches in the pumpkin and pulls out all of that gunk. She explains to our students how we too have gunk inside of us. We aren’t filled with pulp, strings, and seeds, but we do have sin inside of us.
The teacher then carves out a face on the pumpkin and lowers a light in the cleaned-out pumpkin. As the lights in the classroom go out, the kids look with awe at the glowing pumpkin. The teachers explain how God takes all of the sin and gunk out of our lives and puts His light inside us to shine for all the world to see.
This simple image has resonated with me for the last couple of weeks. We sit in a world that can feel dark right now and filled with uncertainty. We all need Christ’s transforming work to come and clean us out. We all have a choice in how we respond to everything going on in the world. My prayer is that God can remove the seeds of division, hate, greed, and selfishness in each of us and replace it with His transformational grace, light, and truth.
Serving Him together,
Julie Moes, November 10 Home CommunicatorEarly Childhood Director