Every harvest season, our children hear The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. The book has a wonderful storyline in which a farmer grows pumpkins, chooses one to clean, carve, and illuminate. Intermixed on each page are Biblical verses that relate to the storyline and create a solid connection between the story line and God's Word. This modern day parable uses a common fall activity to describe the Christian's life glorifying God.
After the story, the children and I discussed the ability we have as Christians to allow our Savior's light to shine in our lives. We then started to make autumn window decorations. When we were done, I showed the children how each one becomes more beautiful as the sun light shines through it. Then, I compared these autumn decorations to our lives. I told the children our lives are more beautiful as we allow the Son's light to shine through them.
Each year as we share the parable, the children are able to more easily grasp the concept. It is a joy to use everyday objects and events to point our children to our Lord, and this book, along with the other three in The Parable Series, are a wonderful aid in that process.
For those of you wondering how we made our 'Autumn Window Decorations,' I have included the instructions.
This is a simple craft that gives beautiful results!
-----------------------------------------------------To complete the project:
thin foam in dark brown color
autumn colored tissue paper (cut into strips)
autumn shapes to trace
1. Trace autumn shapes onto foam
2. Cut out autumn shapes, but allow a small border around actual tracing
3. Cut out the actual autumn shape
4. Place a small amount of glue on foam
5. Place tissue paper side by side on top of glue creating one single layer
6. Press lightly
7. Using a foam brush, coat the entire back with a thin layer of glue
8. Place tissue paper side by side on top in the opposite direction creating a plaid like affect
9. Press lightly
10. Allow to dry completely
11. Cut off excess tissue paper
12. Hang on a window in a sunny spot