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The Candle, the Wick, and the Flame


17 June 2022

By Peter Caligiuri of New Port Richey, Florida, USA

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

John 1:5 ESV

Our Sunday night prayer meeting had been dismissed and we were beginning to greet one another when our friend Judy hurried over to the pastor with a question, “Pastor Kevin, I’m not leaving here until you explain the Trinity to me!”

I groaned inwardly and whispered quietly to my wife, “Looks like we’re going to be here a while!”

But Pastor Kevin just smiled and said, “No one can explain it perfectly, Judy, but think of a candle, the wick, and the flame. The candle is the source of everything, the wick draws the wax up, and the flame is what people see in a dark room.” I relate this story for those who, like Judy, struggle to understand the Trinity.

We may never sort it all out and demanding to do so is no more helpful than chopping up the candle helps us understand the flame. Maybe the candle of God burns to draw us closer, so our hearts will be set aflame with the love of Jesus Christ. When God becomes our candle, our wick, and our flame, then God flows through us to others, so God will shine in the darkness until Jesus returns!

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Spiritual Practice

Pursue Peace on Earth

Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a. Reflect on how you can “see violence but proclaim peace…feel conflict, yet extend the hand of reconciliation…encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.” What does the peace of Christ mean to you? Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom. What act of justice or peacemaking does God invite you to pursue this day? Dwell on these words of pursuit: see, proclaim, feel, extend, encounter, find.

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