The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs that was so well written that I bought it and have read it to my children every year since then. I am going to use little bits and pieces of that book and some of my own adaptations to show you how you can tell your children the Pumpkin Parable - even if you don't have a book like this one to read to them. (If your children are preschoolers, highlight the most important concepts since their attention span for both the lesson and the carving will be limited. Also, try using just the key words of the verses.) I also want to mention that pumpkins are inanimate objects and cannot be "saved," so be careful not to suggest that about the pumpkin. It is nothing more than an object lesson.
It might go something like this:
Did you know that being a Christian is kind of like being this pumpkin?
You know how we went to the pumpkin patch and you picked out the pumpkin you wanted? In a way, God "picked" you! The Bible says:
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9 NIV
"And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name." Acts 22:16 NIV
"Create in me a clean heart, O God." Psalm 51:10 NKJV
"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light." Matthew 6:22 NIV
"A glad heart makes a happy face." Proverbs 15:13 NLT
"God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT
Matters of the Heart