Thank you, city of Marietta, for the Christmas decorations that line the streets. As I see the canes hanging along the sidewalks they are a reminder to me, and I hope to others that observe them the meaning and witness they give to the passer by.
A candy maker in Indiana made the Christmas candy cane - white to be a witness and symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus; hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the church and firmness of the promises of God. He made it in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus who came to earth as our savior. The "J" 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 the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes using three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and the large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so we could have the promise of eternal life.
Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane-a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who "have eyes to see and ears to hear." So thank you again, city of Marietta, for the symbol of the decorations that surround our town and for the witness they give to those who pass through it.