When I was 8 or 9 there was a huge storm in Albuquerque, and my parents expected that we would experience a blackout. My mom pulled out our huge box of candlesticks, and I rounded up every candle holder and jar candle I could find. My dad made sure we had lighters and matches galore, and just as they had expected, the lights went out. Since I was an adventurous kid, I was excited about lighting all the candles and playing games in the dark. It was one of my favorite nights of my young life, and that experience fostered my love for candles.
I have three candles on my desk right now and five or six at home. I can’t get enough. Their light is soft, gentle, and relaxed–which, as most of us know as adults–is not always a common feeling. Candles comfort me most when I first light them in the dark, from pitch black to dancing light glittering throughout the room. It may not be as comforting as the lights we generally use, but it is certainly what we need when the lights go out.
Jesus is a lot like a candle. He is gentle and kind. He lights up my life in the darkest moments and is always there when I need him. He is the comfort I need in every situation. He came to a world shrouded in darkness not as some extravagant warlord, but as a baby, a small light that would save the world from despair. Jesus is the light for every situation and stands beside you through all things. Like a good candle, He is always where you need him. Yet, Jesus is better; His light will never fade or be blown out! So my prayer for you this week is whatever “darkness” you are experiencing, whether big or small, that Jesus would bring His soft, gentle, relaxing light to that situation. I pray you take comfort in knowing that Jesus died on the cross to bring light into your life and He will never leave you or forsake you. Share the light with someone: Candles are a great gift, but Jesus is better!