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Blog #23: CHRISTMAS CANDLE

When Jesus was born in a stable over 2000 years ago, the true LIGHT entered the world. John 1:9 states, "That was the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world," and "every man" means all of us. The wise men followed a literal star, a LIGHT, to find the TRUE LIGHT. Spiritually, we follow the LIGHT that has been given us through Jesus.

Let us compare ourselves to a candle. The outside, the tallow or wax, is the body. Our physical body is the wax, the cylinder, and it comes in different shapes and sizes. Inside of that body, we each have a wick. The wick is the soul and spirit of the person. Without a wick there is no life.

To receive light, the candle has to come into contact with another flame. The first candle (Jesus) was the LIGHT that came into the earth's darkness to light our way. We are all born with the potential (wick) of carrying on that true LIGHT. When we become a Christian, the Holy Spirit lights our wick, and we are to give light in the darkness around us.

The simplest purpose for a candle is to give LIGHT. Years ago, people had nothing else to guide them in the dark. Even when the candle is not needed, some people just enjoy the sweet smell that is generated. Emotions are affected by candles. We can see restaurants using candles to create an atmosphere of warmth and romance. The Christians in the same way spread warmth and love as the LIGHT of Christ shines through them.

Jesus did not intend to contain all the LIGHT within His own body. He instructed his audience in the Sermon on the mount, "Ye are the LIGHT of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your LIGHT so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

As long as the candle survives, the wick will be there just as our soul is the last thing to leave our body. Sometimes, the wick gets blown out by the storms of life that come and try to destroy the LIGHT. Some wicks are so short and close to the candle that there is difficulty in keeping them lighted. Maybe this is the baby Christian who needs careful encouragement to uncover that wick. It may be that person who has been in darkness so long that the wick seems to no longer exist. If our LIGHT shines very close to that wick, it will melt the wax around that wick in order for it to receive LIGHT.

Pray this little prayer with me today:
Our heavenly Father,
Who sent Your Son Jesus
To light this world,
We thank You for this Gift
So willingly given
That we may have life.

By receiving You, we have lighted a candle
To represent Your presence
In our lives.
May we ever shine In the darkness of this world
That others will see You
As we reflect Your love

We offer this prayer
in the Name of Jesus, Your Son,
That His name be glorified
Amen

Arlene Prewitt (arleneprewitt@bellsouth.net

Arlene Prewitt
Arlene Prewitt is a published author who, along with her husband, has participated in ministries throughout the world, including work in China and India. She has had a successful career in education and in recent years has served as mentor and consultant to various educational entities, including Orange County Public Schools here in Central Florida.

Along with her husband, Rev. Don Prewitt, she has been instrumental in starting and administrating various foster-care services in addition to their pastoral work in Kentucky and Florida.