Remember the times we strike a match to light a candle as we mark an event:
- Eucharist and liturgical,
- Paschal and baptismal,
- Wedding and ceremony,
- Emergency and storm,
- Romantic dinner,
- Birthday cake.
Can you think of other times? Lighting a candle is soulful, a deliberate ritual that causes thoughtful pause. Bring this simple act into your daily reminds that ordinary is extraordinary. Breathe. God is here, right now. His light shines in the darkness. Out of the chaos of darkness, He created order. Not only can you see a candle burn, if you are completely quiet, you can hear a candle burn.
Try bringing this sweet practice into your family time. Kids thrive on ritual, on setting aside special time. Wait until all are ready to sit at the table for dinner, then have someone light a candle. A moment of quiet brings attention to the now that is being shared. Or, try lighting a candle for prayer time. Especially for children (or ADD adults!), it helps to focus our hearts and minds on one object, to quiet wandering minds and worried thoughts, opening our eyes to see.
Each time you light a candle, remember the romance and thrill of all the extra special times candles are lit: celebrating new life, celebrating communion, celebrating vows.