Worldwide Candle Lighting Day | JOY for Today
A single candle in the middle of utter darkness is the portrait of hope. No matter how dark our circumstances there is light that lives on. This Light is eternal hope that can live on in you - when you are ready to let it. At times JOY feels unachievable. Light a candle in your darkness. Watch the flame and hold on to hope that JOY will come again.
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Five we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To light.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About grieving.
- Activity Suggestions: Lighting Candles, Book List, Resource Options, Would You Rather, and Family Challenge
- Worldwide Candle Lighting Day's goal is to support families who grieve the loss of children? The Compassionate Friends organization began when Reverend Stephens (of England) connected two grieving sets of parents in the hopes that their shared experience might help the healing process. The parents deeply benefited from the connection and longed to lead others in similar situations to the healing balm they had experienced. The foundation spread to the United States where Worldwide Candle Lighting Day commenced as a way to signal the shared grief of families who have lost children. (National Today)
- Candles remain lit for an hour and create a wave of light around the world? The second Sunday of each December at 7 PM local time, families who grieve the loss of children light a candle and keep it lit for an hour. A wave of light can be seen around the globe as from time zone to time zone candles are lit in grieving homes. (Compassionate Friends)
- You can add your city to a national map of candle lighting events? To show that someone in your city will be hosting a candle lighting ceremony, SADS asks you to submit a short form and hosts the virtual map. (SADS.org)
- The first observance was in 1997? It began as a small internet event but now unites thousands across the globe. (National Today)
- Every 10 minutes a parent in the United States loses a child? 50 percent of the children are less than one year old and 28% are between 16 and 20 years old. (Just Enduring)
We'd Love to Know:
These are the hard questions.
I have never lost a child. I am not going to pretend to know your pain. Your pain is only yours and truly no one else can understand it - but God - and I hope, in time, you turn to Him.
Maybe the journey to answer our hard questions is the path to healing. This journey each of us must undertake in our own way, at our own pace, in the time He's prepared for us.
- God cares about your sorrow. He is weeping with you. (John 11:35 and Matthew 5:4)
- God will never leave you - even when you are angry with Him. (Deuteronomy 31:8 and Exodus 14:14)
- God gave His only begotten son to us. He knows what it is to lose a child. (John 3:16 and Isaiah 53:3)
- God loves Your child even more than you do. Your child is being cared for. (Matthew 7:11 and Psalm 139:13-16)
- God longs for you to come to Him just as you are so He can bring you peace and JOY. (Matthew 11:28 and John 16:22)
- Consider the emotions you feel toward God right now. Turn to Him with them. Be vulnerable. Lay it all down at His feet. He can handle you; don't hold back.
- God knows we long for JOY. If you're ready to receive it, consider joining us in instruction with Jesus on persisting in His JOY, our GROWTH focus next week.
- "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15 KJV
- "He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3 MEV
- "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." Philippians 1:3 KJV
- "You shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of olive pressed for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually." Exodus 27:20 MEV
- "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:5 KJV
- "The death of a beloved is an amputation" - C.S. Lewis
- "He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend." - Sir Henry Taylor
- "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." - Thomas Campbell
- "Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness." - Anne Frank
- "Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die. We have the spark that starts the fire." - Rumi
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote lights your flame of remembrance?
Our Nephew's Suggestion:
Light a candle!In memory of one who lingers in our hearts yet no longer walks on this earth, or as a reminder that light shines on even in the darkest of times.
Read a Book about Grieving
Utilize Grief Resources
- Positive Psychology offers tips, book and resource suggestions for helping children, teens, and parents manage grief.
- Children's Health offers concise answers about a variety of grief related topics including how to: talk about it, recognize signs of grief, understand varying stages of grief, process grief, memorialize the loss, choose appropriate books, connect with the school, find support groups, consider counseling, and offer continued support.
Explore "Would You Rather..." Questions
- Remember a challenging time alone or with a loved one?
- Light a candle to honor a memory or look at pictures that portray it?
- Write a song or draw a picture to describe your emotions?
We'd Love to Know:
Fighting the Good Fight with You,
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