Dear Friend in Christ,
The tradition of burning a candle in the window
by Lysa Stanton
“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle” – Robert Alden
Placing a burning candle in one’s window is a common tradition that dates back to colonial times. Candle light often evokes the warmth of home and family. The fireplace was center of family life in days gone by, and thus the candle was generally lit from that fire.
The candle was often placed in the window when a member of the family was away. The lit candle was also placed in the window as a sign of good news or as a beacon to weary travelers. Candles also represented friendship and were seen as a sign of welcome to others.
In early America, homes were often miles apart. The sight of a candle in a window from a distance was a sign of “welcome” to those wishing to visit. Many people today only associate candles in the window as a Christmas tradition. Yet, look around our community at night, and you will see electric candles placed in the windows of more and more homes during all seasons of the year.
(Excerpt taken from the Westlake Bay Village Observer)
My mother just mailed us a candle with much the same sentiment. While trying to decide where best to place the candle it occurred to me that the most useful place at this time would be the church. So, when you drive by the church, take a look at the window next to the door and see the flicker of the candle reminding each of us that God is always home. We are never removed from His love even when the world would have everyone shut down. The light of God is always present He is always home.