Hope Is Like a Candle 

A light in the darkness; a search for joy, truth, or freedom. Hope is like a Candle burning in the night. And hope’s flame will only die the moment we let it. 
Everyone has that single one most devastating event in their life. Mine took place in college. I knew during those hard, dark, cold months that if it wasn’t for my faith, I would have ended my life. I’m not preaching to you, but my faith was really the only reason I am alive today, writing this article, reading your stories, and enjoying the sunshine a only a loving husband and beautiful daughter can bring. 

My candle didn’t burn out. My flame did grow very small, but hope lived on. Hope that tomorrow things would change. Hope that tomorrow the pain would begin to fade. Hope that the sun would begin again to some through the darkest night I’ve ever known. Hope came through, and the sun did shine again!

If you are going through your darkest days right now, please don’t give up. Please hold on to hope for a better tomorrow. I know the pain can sell like more than we can bear, but you don’t have to carry it alone, and the sun is already shining for you, waiting for you to find your way back to it again. And the warmth it will bring your heart is with the pain. The strength you’ll gain is worth the pain. The help and hope you can someday bring someone else is priceless!

You are stronger than you know, you are braver than you realize, and your candle burns brighter than you can see. 

It will take time for healing to come and the pain to subside, but trust one who’s made it through the forest, and the valley, and the river crossing, etc… One day you will wake up and life will be bearable again. It starts when you allow yourself to begin thinking positively again about yourself first – especially if you need to forgive yourself, then life, then the way you can use this experience to help someone else, and last, the person(s) that hurt you. 

Still not preaching, but these verses have seen me through many a dark night, and I pray they can make your own candle burn a little brighter:

Romans8:24-25 (New American Standard Bible)

24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

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