Sunday, December 30, 2012

Be a Light in the World




 All through the Christmas season, candles have been burning in our house.

Balsam fir  emitted a beautiful scent, as did peppermint, butter-cream and lemon pound cake. (The latter didn't have any calories, either.)

Right now, orange cinnamon by Village Candle Company  of Maine fills the house with terrific scent, all the way up to the second floor.

Besides providing pleasant scents, candlelight adds terrific ambiance to any room.

I had candles on the dining room table and the hutch for every dinner party, on the fireplace mantle, in the bathroom, and kitchen.

Candlelight is so warm and cozy. It makes any room look so pleasant and welcoming.

When human beings are lights in the world it's equally pleasing.

There's so much darkness but even one person shedding light makes a huge difference.

It doesn't even take a lot to be a light. Perhaps it's saying "hi" to a neighbor you don't know or waving to a teenager as you drive by his house.

Being nice to a store clerk, smiling at the mail person, saying something positive to your husband or boyfriend, encouraging a child and giving a compliment to a friend are all ways to be lights.

The world needs as many "candles" as possible. Each of us can be one of them.

WHAT IS ANOTHER WAY WE CAN BE CANDLES IN THE WORLD?


16 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Amen sister! I couldn't agree more. We all talked about doing 26 Random Acts of Kindness here at home for the 26 victims in Connecticut. Even my grandson is doing it. I think we all want to do something for these people and what better way then to do something nice to combat the evil.

Bookie said...

Yes, so agree with you...I try to be a candle...sometimes I forget and slip into myself too much. As for candles...I have been using battery ones with timers! No fragrance but I feel safer and leave them ALL over the house without having to attend them...then use one fragrant candle in the room I am in at the time. Happy Sunday to you...and yes, thanks for your comments on my blog as well, Miss Susan!

Susan said...

Don't you just wish everyone followed this! I love the warm glow of a candle and the meaning to send it out into the world, XOXO

Linda said...

Love your post. Thank you for sharing your light today!
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Pondside said...

What a lovely post.
One kind thing - if every person did only one kind thing a day, can you imagine the change in the world?
Of course, people would find that it is impossible to hold oneself to only one kind thing, and we'd be overrun with kindness!

Nellie said...

Speak kindly to the cashier at the grocery store. Share your smile wherever you are. Show consideration to the wait person when dining out.
Share some "goodies" with a neighbor or friend. So many ways to show a "light in the world."

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I still love the little song, "This Little Light of Mine" that we used to sing as children. The world needs to see the Light.

Linda O'Connell said...

Susan, this is so very true and we should all practice being a light in this world. Happy New Year.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

This is so true! And life changing too. People really appreciate it, it's easy to make someone's day.
I've been burning White Barn's Chestnut and Clove candle all day.
I'm a big candle fan, too!

Glenda said...

I have more than 400 "friends" on Facebook, and I begin each day by posting a portion of Scripture from my morning devotions. I'm always amazed by the comments that people make, thanking me for sharing something that they needed to hear! It's interesting that, although most of us have at least half a dozen Bibles in our homes here in America, many people never open them except at Christmas to read the story of Jesus' birth. It is so full of treasures, that it's the most natural Light in the world to share! :-)

Lucy said...

The world would be a better place for sure, if everyone lived that way. It's so much easier to be a light when I let Jesus shine through me,instead of trying on my own strength.Thanks Susan for doing your part to light the world.Happy New Year to you!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Spreading light and goodness should the mission for each and everyone one of us each and every day. Blessings to you and yours for a wonderful new year, Tammy

Merlesworld said...

Since I left work and my time is my own I now chat to the people who live near me , people in shops but I have met so many people on bus stops it's amazing, I have lived in this area for 22years and in the last 5 have met more people than the first 17 just because I am no longer in such a hurry.
Happy New Year
Merle.......

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I like your post. You have light. I like your idea of illuminating this society. Happy Year! We keep in touch in 2013.

Dee said...

I agree with all you listed and with above comments...I think living a Godly life....kindness and compassion....enriched with prayer will keep a light glowing that will pass one to another.

diane.stetson said...

I never light candles..I have had some for five or more years..but this year I did light some when I had company over. It made the house smell great. I can't light them when the grandchildren are here though..they go around blowing them all out anyway..ha ha.

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