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The Four Candles
Author Unknown

The Four Candles burned slowly.
Their ambiance was so soft you
could hear them speak...

The first candle said, "I Am Peace, but these days,
nobody wants to keep me lit."
Then Peace's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

The second candle says, "I Am Faith, but these days,
I am no longer indispensable."
Then Faith's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.

Sadly the third candle spoke, "I Am Love and
I haven't the strength to stay lit any longer.
People put me aside and don't understand my importance.
They even forget to love those who are nearest to them."
And waiting no longer, Love goes out completely.

Suddenly ... a child enters the room and
sees the three candles no longer burning.
The child begins to cry, "Why are you not burning?
You are supposed to stay lit until the end."

Then the fourth candle spoke gently to the little boy,
"Don't be afraid, for I am Hope, and while I still burn,
we can relight the other candles."

With shining eyes the child took the Candle of Hope
and lit the other three candles.

Never let the Flame of Hope go out of your life.
With Hope, no matter how bad things look and are...
Peace, Faith & Love can shine brightly in our lives.

Prayer for Today:
Lord Jesus,
you are my light and salvation.
You are my hope.
Please come into my heart,
forgive all my wrongs and
give me your wonderful gift of eternal Life.
Help me be an instrument
of your love and cause your light
to shine on others through me.

Thought for Today:
"Just as despair can come to one only
from other human beings,
hope, too, can be given to one only
by other human beings."

Elie Wiesel
These long secluded days can make life stressful at times.
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prayer, so that we may all reap the benefits of a spiritual life.

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