Free Halloween Candy Bag Topper Printable

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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The door bell will ring. Not once, not twice, but many times. And when little cheeks full of smiles ask you for candy, what do you do?

Halloween is scary, dark and filled with hidden meanings, and yet it is the suspense after the knocking, the smell of sweetness and the pleasures of sticky lips that bring them to my door.

As my son prayed the other night before bed: "Jesus, take away all the scary things from Halloween and leave only the candy".

The sinister signs, evil history and occult meaning packed together inside the holiday cannot be brightened under cute costumes, but despite it all, the giggling at my door tells me that they are on a quest, all of them, in search of the treat, even inside the dark night.

And so I decide to open the door, to feed their sweet tastes and yet to offer more. Do you want water? I have water that becomes a fountain springing up into everlasting life. Do you want wine? I have wine touched by a miracle. Do you want bread? I have bread that will make you live forever.

Their tongues will touch the candy, but their hearts will savor pure honey. Because out of the strong came forth sweetness. 

If you also want to share sweetness, you are welcome to download this PRINTABLE CANDY TOPPER and print for your use. You will need Adobe Reader to download and print. You can download Adobe here.

After printing, cut the two similar sides apart and fold each paper in the middle. Staple to a plastic bag filled with the candy.

This is the message inside:

Do you love candy treats?

Me too! Did you know that you were created to love treats? That you were created to want to be HAPPY? But treats last a very SHORT time, as soon as you swallow them, they are gone!

There are many treats people run after to feel HAPPY. For you it could be a nice bike, a great toy or a super video game; For adults it could be a beautiful house, a fun trip or a fancy outfit. And yet they don't make you happy for a long time and pretty SOON you want another treat!

But did you know that you were created to want to be happy because there is ONE source of infinite happiness!? Yes! Joy that multiplies and never gets old!!

Guess what, the source of joy and infinite happiness is the VERY SAME ONE that created you!! God created you to want to be happy because you CAN be happy in Him! Not in things that get old!!

And to show you how much He LOVES YOU He gave up what was most precious to His heart, His only son Jesus Christ, to bring you closer! Jesus Christ opened the path, all the way to God's joy, by dying on the cross.

Halloween costumes and decorations can be very scary, but do you know what is more scary? Not having Jesus in your heart, the only ONE that can give you true everlasting happiness.

Do you want a treat that lasts forever?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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When the Leaves Fall

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Why do I smile as I watch the leaves dying and covering the hills with their deadly red, orange and yellow hues of beauty? Why is the dry crispness of Fall warming to my heart?

Why the process of Nature emptying its fullness fills my emptiness? And the choreography of flocks against the grey skies, as they leave empty Winter days behind, brings back child like excitement to my being? For many, Autumn is the most beautiful of all, and yet it is when the leaves fall.

The wind hurries up, the Sun leaves earlier every night, but there is still place for beauty and for praise. Even in death. Because Winter is not the end, it is in fact the beginning of the most vibrant and alive Season. The seed needs indeed to die to bring forth fruit, for the old must give space to the new. 

The miracle of death bringing forth life. And why do I keep forgetting it? The message is everywhere, small pictures glimpsing from my window and reminding me of the most important truth: that to bring me life, My Savior, as the seed, had to die.

There is beauty even in death. Death that brings life, abundant life, "Because He poured out His soul unto death... and He bore the sin of many". (Isaiah 53:12)

A path of life, opened by the teared seed. "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy". (Psalms 16:11) An open path to God. Where else could I find joy? Fullness of joy?

I stand still staring at the open path. Open. Open all the way from my smallness insignificance to God's greatness glory. And yet why do I linger away? Why would I want to avoid fullness of joy?

And the psalmist reminds me "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations". (Psalm 100:4,5)

Slowly, thanksgiving, praises and blessings pour out of my soul, a river that flows out of my lips glorifying God. My heart empties itself... just to be filled again, with fullness of joy! A heart that dies to itself and yet receives abundant life. How could that be?

And yet, when I try to shine glory on myself, there is no fullness of joy, there is only an ugly heart growing harder by the hour. There is no river, no water, just dryness and thirst.

"We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely express but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation... Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him." C.S.Lewis

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