december 20, 2015

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“There are no “do overs” on days after they pass….let’s make this one a great one!” ~ Bree Chapman

 

a candle for a loved one
a candle for a loved one

 

This evening, Stacy Yelton and I attended Nine Lessons and Carols at Good Shepherd alongside Lori-Lyn Hurley and her beautiful mom. The first thing I saw when I stepped into the chapel was this prayer station. I don’t recall seeing it last year, so I asked Lori-Lyn if I had missed it. I hadn’t missed it because it wasn’t there this time last year. It was just installed a few months ago.

 

prayer station
prayer station
 

This station is small and humble by comparison to a similar prayer station at the Basilica I visited in May of last year. There, too, I was instantly drawn to the candles. As Lori-Lyn and I discussed this evening, there’s something very important about lighting a candle as a prayer. People light candles as a prayer for an aging loved one, the grumbling world, an ailing neighbor, or for themselves to be better, to do better in this life. Whatever the reason(s) may be, lighting a candle in prayer is a contemplative act, and it creates a space of warmth, compassion, tenderness, understanding. Kudos to Good Shepherd for providing such a space for their parishioners. I am grateful once more to attend their Christmas offering of Nine Lessons and Carols.

 

"One for Peter, two for Paul | And three for Him that made us all" from Soul Cake by Sting
“One for Peter, two for Paul, And three for Him that made us all” from Soul Cake by Sting

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