A candle symbolizes Christ, specifically his self-giving love and the gifts of life we receive from Him. The candle provides light and warmth as it consumes its own substance, the wax. The wax and wick work in symbiosis, in other words, form
This is a time that dredges up deep and dark feelings, and also a time of great joy.
Swedenborg, from 'True Christian Religion':
"At the time of the Lord's first coming the hells had increased to such a height as to fill the whole world of spirits,
When I was about seven I remember having the first experience of hating. We had recently moved back to the town of Barstow after living in LA for a year. I had a group of friends before and I was eager to
From Ephesians in the Bible:“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.(Now that he ascended, what is
Loneliness is a pain in our heart; it is very difficult to deal with. Partly at least because circumstance seems to validate the feeling. But there is much within loneliness that is essential to our growth. Contained in the pain of loneliness is yearning. If
Shame is not the currency of God. It is man, taking something of God, and making it toxic and destructive. God seeks to prick and awaken the conscience of people and this involves a certain amount of pain known as shame and embarrassment, sometimes a
As long as we are in this earthly world and have some cognitive ability we can change; anyone can be reformed. Change is a process, it doesn't happen instantly. It is a birthing that takes place between the natural and the spiritual. The desire or
Intelligence is only so if it leads to something good, otherwise it is just cleverness. Love actually contains within it wisdom, so intelligence is only in its genuine state when it is bonded to love or the desire for good. One can have a high
MEDITATION ON THE HOLY SPIRITThe Holy Spirit, the fire that proceeds from God, and that kindles in our breasts a spiritual passion for God to win; it is a marriage of awareness and love that together creates a burning thirst that only He can satisfy.