Monday, January 3, 2011

Flickering Flames

"The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be." ~~ Shakti Gawain
"Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light." ~~ Jesus

Thank you, Lord.

I'm thankful this morning for the flickering flames of candles on the hearth in front of  the fire place.  It's quite chilly outside this morning but inside it is toasty warm - the candles add to that sense of comfort, a measure of beauty.  The candles remind me that light and warmth are fragile blessings ... dependent upon a source.  I am blessed to have access to wax, wick, match ... but also to a roof over my head, heat, and loved ones.

I'm thankful this morning for hot water as well.  I use a hot shower in the morning to prepare my body and mind for the day's work.  It's interesting how refreshing water can be ... whether it is a scoop of cold water from a stream splashed on a hot face, or a cup of cold water to abate thirst, or a stream of hot water for bathing

In the Scripture, Paul uses the metaphor of washing to represent our purification saying that Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  This morning I'm grateful that Jesus is the light of the world, cleansing me ... allowing me to reflect his light.

I'm grateful this morning for my abundant blessings!

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