December twentieth; If I Could Give a Gift

 A small flicker of light in the darkness. A light, to guide the way. 

I came in last night after a beautiful day. I shed my  heavy sweater and prepared to settle in. Then, the slight whisper of a thought. My mother had mentioned that the weather predictors, were calling for rain Sunday. Being that it was Saturday night, Sunday wasn’t far away. She had never mentioned the time, just the prediction. Grabbing my sweater and flashlight I go back outside and drag tarps over to the wood I had just been gifted and covered it carefully. The tarps had been covering wood already wet, this was not. I woke this morning to the sound of rain falling. I don’t know how long it had been falling, but everything outside looks very wet. Mom’s comment, had been a warning remembered, a candle in the memory that caused me to protect that heat source. 

We have those various thoughts on candles.

1) Good for those emergencies when for what ever reason the power goes out.

Good, as long as they are used safely. Set in places away from children, pets and flammable materials. They aren’t perfect, the light they provide isn’t the most expansive unless you have many of them spaced out. They are however, better than sitting in a totally dark home. 

A family member or close friend, can be that candle when you are in a dark place. The light from their heart and wisdom guiding you back to the light. Using patience or even a bit of stern, tough love when needed, they can break through the wall of dark despair and shine hope.

2) Decorations for the season.

Christmas especially seems to be a time of candles. The store shelves are filled with them of various types. All meant to add a festive feeling to everything placed on mantles, counters and windows. Many of these, have become a safer type operated by battery. 

Family, friends, coworkers can be that same candle. A useful decoration to the group. The one that always brings the light to the party. Their laughter, their positive attitude, their cheerfulness always there to brighten any moment. The important thing is to remember that even those friends, have dark days and may need you to take a turn at being that light.

3) Guidance.

The candle in the window has quite the history: 

When my husband was alive and out on the road, I made sure the candles in the windows were all lit, a guiding light for his return. Like the event I first shared, about remembering my mother saying it was going to rain, the words of our family and friends, of those we know or know of, can be a light guiding us to act in a way that protects, strengthens, enlightens us

.4) Romance   

We often think of that dinner for two, or the warm ambiance of a room created by candle light. That soft light, gentle flicker, associated with the tender moments. The limited light, creating a cocoon for the two, while shading the world for a moment.

 It can be also, the light that guides one to those special moments and feelings. A beckoning, a promise, a hope.It can be the light from the heart of a friend, that shines out, a beacon to one who has gone adrift. Who feels lost and unwanted. A light guiding the hurting back to a safe harbor.

5) Faith  

  Christ was born, to be the Light in a dark world. To shine hope, to shine peace, to shine compassion, forgiveness and to shine love. Not to judge nor condemn, but to teach and to save.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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