I light this day a ‘JOY’ candle and remember with sadness all who have continued to suffer loss or hardship during this difficult hot summer in my country and through places of turmoil and strife all around the world.
I light the candle of Joy and place it beside Hope and Peace. Now the triplets shed light in the darkness and gloom.
The Christ Child born in Bethlehem so long ago, did not come to bring ‘another religion’. He came to bring God HIMSELF to be with us in our trials. Being a Christian is all about living in RELATIONSHIP with the Divine.
Hope, Peace and Joy are not EXTERNALS.
(They surely can be manufactured or counterfeited).
They are internal Gifts; The heart beat of THE Gift of Christmas.
My prayer today is that for us all we may continue to stand and believe.
Our lives are significantly changed because of the Christmas Child.
I therefore look to heaven, light this candle, and ask for all who sorrow, struggle or are in pain this day either physical or emotional that they may find their way to the comforting embrace of the Lord of Christmas and find again the bubble of inexplicable JOY in the midst of it ALL.
We are dearly loved. We must continue to stand BELIEVE and LIVE lives of abundance.
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD OF ALL.!