I Will Light Candles
Each year we celebrate Jesus' birth with the familiar story around the crèche. These stories, from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, tell us what happened. The essence, though, of the coming of Christ is summed up in John's prologue, "The light shines in darkness and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:5)." We annually recreate the manger scene to remind us of the light that brightens our lives, regardless the darkness brought by any particular year. This hope is beautifully expressed by the Rev. Howard Thurman's poem, "I will light the candles this Christmas." May you and your loved ones know that light of Christmas illuminating your way to God's peace.
I will light candles this Christmas;
Candles of joy despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.