A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he invented the Christmas Candy Cane.
He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.
The candy maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.
The candy maker stained the candy with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the Cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.
Unfortunately, the candy has become known as a candy cane — as merely a decoration at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.” May we again use the Christmas Candy Cane to witness to the wonder and love of Jesus.
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