"...remember you always..."
"I give thanks to God, whom I serve with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did. I thank him as I remember you always in my prayers night and day." (II Timothy 1:3)
They're not candles, they're people -- or at least they represent people. Each Tuesday evening we have a simple service in our sanctuary. It begins with 25 minutes of silent prayer and reflection followed by the sharing of Holy Communion. Each time we gather some folks light candles to represent people and/or situations they are lifting in prayer. As I started to leave the sanctuary this evening I realized these candles needed to be the photo for this week's Wednesday Wonderings. The candles represent people who need light in the darkness and the caring of those who paused and took the time to remember them in prayer. It's such a simple, but powerful gesture - lighting a candle of prayer and remembrance for another.
We all need to know we are remembered, that we are carried by someone in their thoughts and prayers. There are many places in the Bible where the threat of no longer being remembered is cited as a terrible consequence of one's actions. Look at the picture above and consider what would happen if the light of remembrance on each candle were to be extinguished. It's easy to see that the darkness surrounding the candles would gradually but thoroughly overcome them all. Emotionally that kind of darkness can be called despair - that awful sense that no one cares.
In the birth of Christ we celebrate how once more after time and time again, God remembers us and holds us in Divine Light. Is someone lighting a candle for you? Are you lighting a candle for someone? It is a precious gift to let someone know you're remembering them in your thoughts and prayers. As you continue to reflect on God's remembrance of us in the birth of Christ and contemplate the new year's resolutions, consider making a commitment to lighting more candles and letting others know you're remembering them in your prayers. I pray that God will help me to remember to remember. How about you?
Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia
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