Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy at Christmastime that would serve as a witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry and the suffering Jesus endured for our sake.
He began with a stick of pure white hard candy; white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; hard candy to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation, of the Church; and firmness to represent the promise of God.
The candy maker made the candy, in the form of a "J" to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought 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.
Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it 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.
For flavor he added peppermint, which is similar to hyssop, a purifying spice use in Bible times. As you taste this candy, be reminded that fellowship with Jesus is ever so sweet.
Unfortunately, the candy became known as a simple candy cane – a little decoration seen only at Christmas time. But the true meaning is still there for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Let us hope that this symbol will again be used to witness to the wonder of Jesus and his great love that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominate force in the universe today. God Bless You, and have a Blessed and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.