It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Chapter 12, Page 19, Book 15

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

John 1:5

December 19 - lighting up

We find meaning in the season of Advent, a time when we await the birth of new Life in a suffering world. As darkness in our region deepens and the nights grow long and cold, Advent calls us to trust and participate anew in the coming of the Light. 

Fritz Weiss 

The Legend of the Christmas Candle

Many years ago an old cobbler and his wife lived in a little village in Austria. Although very poor, whatever they owned they shared with others. Each night they placed a lighted candle in the window of their cottage as a sign of hospitality to any traveler needing shelter. 

Through the years, war and famine plagued this little village. Yet, as though some mysterious charm guarded them, the cobbler and his wife suffered far less than their neighbors.  

One evening, on the night before Christmas, the villagers gathered to discuss their plight. There is something special about the cobbler and his wife, said one villager. They are always spared our misfortunes. What do they do that we do not? Let us put a candle in our windows too. Perhaps that is the charm.

That night every home lit a Christmas candle in each window, and lo, before the sun rose, a messenger brought great news to the village. Peace had come! The villagers gave thanks to God for this blessing of Peace and vowed to always light candles on Christmas Eve.  

This beautiful custom spread throughout the world, and each year millions of Christmas candles light up the world with a message of love and everlasting joy.

Christmas reminds us to seek the Light rather than to curse the darkness.


betty said...

I like your last line, Ma; that is so true to seek the Light rather than to curse the darkness. We also need to remember we are the light of the world and we need to sign our lights for others to see.


Mevely317 said...

What a great story! I'll never spot another candle in the window without remembering this.