A Candle in the Dark


Every night at dinner we light a solitary candle.

And we remember even when we don’t use words.

And the light dances around us as we share our day with each other.

And last night a little brother posed a question.

“If I pray hard enough, do you think God will let Bubby come and visit me for a month?”

This question from a little brother who visits me during the night – just to touch me to make sure I’m still alive…

And the light from the candle continues to shine.

A Daddy speaks wisdom from the Bible and words from his heart about all the missing that fills us.

A little brother and his mommy listen.

Can our despair turn to victory when we lay our broken hearts on the alter before God?

And we talk about how wonderful it would be if only Zack could come back to visit and what we would all do together.

And next door, a special friend thinks about an MRI she had and it stirs questions in her and she remembers a cancer-filled friend and all of his MRI’s. And she posts a special picture to his mom.

The picture 15 year old Hannah Wagner posted to me...

The picture 15 year old Hannah Wagner posted to me…

And the candle burns bright.

“…let your light shine before others…”

Because we all start where we are and grow from there.

We are all in process.

And we must press on toward the upward call of God and be the light in a dark world.

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.” ~ Robert Alden

We must shine our light for all to see.

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to everyone in the house” ~ Matthew 5:15

What will I do? What will you do? How will we be a bright light in a dark world today?

May we all count it ALL JOY a Moment at a Time…candle2

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