March 31, 2020

Lighting A Candle

March 31, 2020

As we are stuck in our homes, one of the ways I have found to bring a sense of the sacred into my life is by simply lighting a candle. From the very beginning of the Jesus movement we have lit a candle, we do it at the beginning of every church service, as a symbol of Christ’s presence in our midst. Below are four Bible passages to reflect upon as you light a candle in your home.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and void and darkness covered the face of the deep. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light; and God saw that the light was good. (Genesis 1:1-4)

I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)

Anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into the light. And that is why it is said: wake up sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. (Ephesians 5:13)

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a bowl; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before all humanity, so that seeing your good works, they may give praise to your God in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)


Why do you think the early church chose the act of lighting a candle to represent Christ in our presence?


Sing “This Little Light of Mine.”


God, show us how we may continue to walk in your light and be a light during these times of social distancing. Amen.