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LIGHTING CANDLES ON CHRISTMAS EVE

Every time on Christmas Eve that I light my candle, I catch myself staring into the flame – I can’t seem to help it. There, I hold one small ordinary candle with a small flickering light. In of itself, my little flame doesn’t cast much light, but I don’t know, somehow I find that flame comforting. The flame, small as it is, casts aside the darkness, with my flame I know that I am no longer alone...I know this flame is not just a flame, it represents the light of our Lord Jesus Christ – He has come to me and given me hope.

I know that in a few short minutes I will have to return to the difficulties of my life, health issues, financial worries, problems I know deep down will not go away on their own. But right now, I as I stare into the flame I realize again that I do not have to bear it all on my own, I as I stare into the flame, I know that Jesus Christ has the ability to see me through. I just need to call on Him.

Then I look up and I see a whole congregation full of light. It is not that each of us are a light, rather, each of us can hold the light of Jesus in our hearts. There is a flame among us, the flame that moves silently among us until there is not a person unaffected by the light – It is then that I finally understand the powerful words of the Apostle John:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.

John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that...

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