Ah! What a fine specimen! Right there on the table! A big, fat, orange, round pumpkin, waiting for a carved personality!
The young man grabbed his carving knife, cut a circle around the stem, cleaned out the pulp and seeds, and proceeded to create his masterpiece for the Halloween season. Carefully, he carved first the right triangular eye, and then the left.
Lord, help me to keep my eyes on you.
Help me to see others as you do,
with compassion and forgiveness and generous love.
Give me clear focus on what is truly and purely truth in this world.
Guide my eyes toward opportunities to share your Good News.
Ah! Next came the nose! With precision, the man carefully cut the big nose triangle from the middle of the evolving Jack-o’-lantern face. Plop! Out popped the chunk! No nostrils needed!
Jesus! Help me to keep my nose away from others’ business where it doesn’t
belong. May I offer good help and Christian advice when it is called for,
knowing my limitations.
With every breath I take, may I somehow give glory to my Creator who loves
me and made me in his image.
And the smiling mouth! The fellow carved a big, happy mouth for Mr. Pumpkin! The momentum was building. His masterpiece was almost finished! Up and down, carefully scraping! There! All complete!
Lord, help me to be careful what I say to others. May my words be wise and
effective. May my smiles brighten people’s days and lift their spirits. May I give
you praise by echoing your message of compassion and understanding. Help
me to speak up courageously in defense of those who have no means of
speaking for themselves.
Ah, again! The last creative touch! The lighted candle inside, so that Mr. Pumpkin can shine brightly for all to appreciate! Flickers of autumnal joy! He rests on the porch step, and he beckons those who pass by to enjoy the warmth of his pretty face and spirited grin! Well done, Mr. Pumpkin-Carver!
Come Holy Spirit! Be my inspirational Light in a world that can easily ramp up
darkness and despair! Shine forth with goodness and genuine, contagious
hope! Help me to be a light to others.
Creator, Carver God! Sculpt me into the creation you want me to be! May I
sit still long enough to glow with your saving light and be attentive to your many
Thank you for your multitude of daily blessings that I often take for granted!
Photograph by Zdeněk Macháčk on Unsplash
Sharon Krause is a RENEW volunteer whose writing has appeared in several resources for small-group faith sharing. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother residing in Manchester, Connecticut. Over the years, she has served in many parish ministries.