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Light A Candle...

Monday, December 03, 2012

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fire to warm it. Lucy Larcom, hymnist

Oh I like this one! It reminds me of sitting around a warm fire at night while camping as a kid. I hated the smoke in my eyes and the ashes, but ooohhh I loved a campfire. The world was cold and bleak until you lit that fire! And the peace that came from staring into the fire. Calms me as I think about it.

Isn't that like life? If it is cold to you, then maybe instead of adding frosting to the ice with bitter words and cold shoulders, we should speak love, which is warm, calming and cozy.

A song I once sang in a Christmas Concert says:
One candle lights one candle, two candles light four, and where they shine there is no darkness anymore.

Darkness is cold. This world is full of darkness with wars, hate crimes, violence in our public schools, prejudice, racism and even people fighting over religions. I can't imagine what the world will be like by the time my nephew and niece are my age.

When it is dark, we either turn on a light or light a candle. If the power goes out, a candle will not only light the way, but it will keep homes and people warm. One candle can light a room for hours.

You, too, are a candle of sorts. The world around you is cold. People are homeless, hurting, in need of friendship, in need of love and warmth. You can either add to the cold already out there or you can light your candle and kindle a fire to warm it and light the way.

You don't even have to be a Christian to do this. I'm talking to all religions or people who are not in religions at all. You can make a huge difference in a person's life by smiling at them, helping someone who seems to have an armful of groceries, give a ride to somebody who needs one to work or church, and so on.

How many blankets do you have in your home NOT IN USE? I got rid of my extra ones and gave them to two people in charge or working with the homeless. Do you craft? Why not put your talents to use and make a blanket for a homeless person, a person who is hurting or an elderly person who minds the cold? Help out the shelters, missions etc., with clothes you have that don't fit or you have not had on in 2years or more. If you are not using there are people who CAN use them and do NEED them.

It doesn't take much to warm one person. And when you kindle the fire with that person, it is like the movie PAY IT FORWARD, that person will likely go and help somebody else in need out. Most people have a good heart.

Good deeds are few and far between nowadays, but YOU can be the person to start a revolution in your city/town. Give a cup of hot coffee to somebody cold, buy a sandwich for a homeless person, smile at people when you walk by instead of looking down at the sidewalk. It doesn't take much to lighten a person's day. And when you lighten the way, you warm the way.

WhiteHeart, a now retired Christian band has two songs that go with this nicely:

Light a Candle lyrics

A flame is rising up in you,
A spark is struck,
Electric blue,
For the hand of love has brushed your eyes, and now it’s love that shines,
Light a candle.

There’s a surge of hope within your heart and you want to play a bigger part for you heard the word that Jesus said,
You want to turn the world upon its head,
Now lift your hands up high into the sky and light a candle.

A city of faith can not be hid,
Let the fire burn on the holy wind,
So if you want to change your world and be a living flame, light a candle.

So, on a cold and moonless night, in your window place your candlelight, and let it burn so all can see your holy torch of liberty,
And pray for love, pray for peace,
Pray the world will be released from the fear that locks us in the dark, from the hate that pulls us all apart,
In the ashes there will rise a sacred flame,
Light a candle,
Light it up now.

You’re back may be against a wall but you’ve seen the love that conquers all,
You know that he can change your world, so be a living flame,
Light a candle.

Oh, light a candle,
Oh, light a candle.

You can change your world if you believe,
Do you know you can light up the world?
Light up, light up,
Light up, light up,
Light up, light up,
Light up the world.

Light a candle,
See love shine,
Light a candle,
Light a candle,
All Gods people, all God’s people,
Would you light a candle?
Let it shine,
Oh, let it shine,
Light a candle,
See the face of all the people, see them shine.

and from THE FLAME PASSES ON the chorus says:
From the heart of the people comes love for the people
Love that is burning strong
Oh from one to another
This dream of forever...
The flame passes on
Oh the light of ages illumines the pages
The words of an ancient song
Oh Faith is the fire that burns ever higher
And the flame passes on

Mothers to sons, fathers to daughters - everyone
Pass it on

So what are you going to do? Will you stick with a frozen face and make this world one person colder? Will you hoard what you really do not need instead of giving it to somebody who would use it and could use it? Will you keep your talents to yourself instead of letting the world be blessed by them? It only takes one person, to start a light burning. And people are drawn to light. It's warm, it's bright, it's love, and it is hope.

How can you share your light with others to light and warm the way?
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