Once upon a time, there are four shining candles in a room. They are red, green, blue, and white candle. As time goes by, they are slowly begun to melt down. In the quiet night, was heard their talks.
The white candle said, “I am a peace. But unfortunately more and more people are not able to keep me even longer to appreciate the meaning of Peace. Therefore, I’d better just turn myself off” So little by little the blue candle goes out.
The green candle then said, “I am faith. But like the white candle, I also have the same fate. This time, there are many people don’t have faith anymore. Though they claim to have me, but sadly they place me at the bottommost of their lives. Not infrequently they sacrifice me solely for their own interests. It’s useless for me to keep light up. I will follow the blue candle!” Slowly the green candle dimmed and finally disappears.
With the sad and pessimistic feeling the blue candle also said, “I’m a love. But lately I often ask to myself, if love is still there? I feel people no longer look at me and think I’m useful. Today, the world is full with hatred. People hate each other. Love in human being is already fading. So I think there’s no point I am keep shining.” Soon, the light of blue candle goes off too.
There is one remaining candle that still shinning, the red candle and the room is getting darker. Suddenly, there is a little girl get into the room and she immediately fears because of the dark room. “Oh no… what is going on with you, candles? I am afraid of darkness. You must keep shine up and brighten this room!” She begins to crying.
Then the fourth candle cried out, “Hey, dear little girl! Don’t be afraid! I am still here for you. As long I still there and light up, we can light on the other candles. I’m a candle of hope! Please take me and let’s light on the dead candles. Let’s light up this room so you will not be afraid again!”
The story of four candles above was told by mother when my father was in critical condition because of bad heart attack. She tried to strengthen me because I was a bit shock and down. This story gives us the message that what never dies in our heart is HOPE. Although Peace, Faith and Love are often dry, lost and dead in our lives, but Hope is still able to liven up many other important things in our lives. My mom said, “Don’t ever despair because there is always hope as long we put our hope on the right place.”
My beloved readers, as human being who has weaknesses, I honestly say, I had a few moments losing my hope when I had to face how critical my father’s condition at that time. One of the team doctors said to me that the possibility to recover is only around 25%. It was so hard for me. I really wasn’t ready at all to lose my dad. Beside Father in Heaven, my father is everything to me. That’s why I said to the doctors to do anything for my father. If necessary, hired the best cardiac specialist in this world, I don’t care about the cost. My mother once again said, “Yes you could do anything for daddy! But, don’t forget one important thing, everything you do will be in vain if you not put hope on what you have to do” My dear friends, to be honest, I feel slapped by my mom’s words. Then she excerpt one bible verse from 1 Corinthians 9,
… This is written that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope. (1 Corinthians 9:10)
This verse has a meaning that we have do everything in hope. What my mom said was true. I can definitely do everything for my father’s healing, but it all will be useless if I don’t have a hope. Then my mom reaffirmed, “We must put great hopes on what we do. But please put our hope on the right place. Don’t put hope on the doctors and its medical equipment, but we must place our hope in God. Because it is written in the bible:
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. (Psalms 62:5)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope. (1Timothy 1:1)
These verses vividly show us where we should to put our hope in this life. There is only one in this world that can be our hope; He is God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. God is source of hope and through Jesus Christ He gives us hope.
My dad finally made it through a critical period after surgery. It can be happen not only because of the sophistication of medical technology today, also not just because of the greatness of the doctors to handle, but it all could be happen because God’s loving hand touched my father through the doctors and I was immediately back to the core, put my hope on God alone. Once we put our hope on God, then we will not disappointed because hope doesn’t disappoint and we will secure because there is hope and we will find the rest in God because our hope is come from God.
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.(Job 11:18)
My dear friends, if this time any of us are in a dark room like a little girl in my mom’s story, we are afraid losing of someone we love like I was afraid losing my father, We are desperate because got a dead end for all the problems of our lives, this evening please allow me to let you know that there is always hope in our lives. There is always “A candle of hope” that could be able to brighten our dark lives. Immediately direct our view and mind to Jesus who gives us hope and as a Highest Priest. It’s our duty to keep up the candle still shining brightly. Let’s hold fast our hope in God without wavering as it says in Hebrew 10:23,
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Let’s do everything for the best but don’t put our hope to humans,
Don’t put your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. What good are they? (Isaiah 2:22)
Put hope of what we do in the Lord Jesus Christ who already sitting at the right hand of the throne of God the Father in Heaven. Amen.
There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:18)
Karina – Living by faith
The story is based on a “four candles” poem
Image by poetic of expression
Thank you for sharing your testimony, my gorgeous sister. God is hope and always
Thank you very much, my little angel. God bless.
Very true, sweet sister Karina. I’m glad your father is better. Our hope is always on Christ, Jesus. Prayers for continued healing.
Thank you very much,sister Kathy. Thank you for your prayer. Amen! There is always hope in God. Happy Sunday and God bless.
Wow Karina, Amen to your message. My prayers go out to you and your family concerning your father. By the stripes of Jesus, I pray that He be healed in Jesus’ Name. God Bless you sis!
Dear sister Sherline,
Thamk you very much for the lovely comment and thank you for your prayer. God bless.
A beautiful post, Karina. Your mother is very wise. I am glad to hear your father is doing better. ❤
Dear, sister Anna.
Thank you very much,sis. I am grateful to have parents who always encourage and strengthen me when I am weak. Thank you and God bless.
This is a wonderful and powerful message 🙂 I’m grateful that your mother was there to help guide you and that her wisdom and your experience can encourage and strengthen us. Thank you so much for sharing, and praise the Lord that your father is doing better 🙂
Yes I am grateful too my mom always stand beside me to encourage and strengthen me. You are welcome, Lauren. I thank you for your kindness reblogged my post. thank you Lauren, God bless you.
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A message of hope and words of wisdom from a dear friend 🙂
Katrina, praise the Lord for the hope revealed to your mother, wisdom and hope that He has passed to you, and for His working for your dad. May you continue to grow and witness of the grace and knowledge that is ours in our Lord Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day.
Thank you very much for lovely comment and for the Prayer to us. It means so much for us. Thank you and God bless you.
God is love and God is a God of Hope! Love the story of the candles. I have not heard that before ….that and the verses was so good! Thank you.
Thank you very much for the nice comment. The story is based on a poem titled “Four Candles” Once again thank you,Grandma. God bless.
Thank you, Lady Jay. God bless.
I love the Biblical definition of “hope” – confident expectation of the future! It’s so different from the definition the world gives – a desire that it will happen, but no certainty. Hoping in God is always certain! Great post! So glad your dad is on the mend; I pray for you both daily.
Thank you, sist.. have a great and blessed week.
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Karina, your mother’s words reveal the wise woman who raised you to also be wise. Your parents must both be so proud of you. I pray your hope for your father’s healing is rewarded. ❤
Blessings of His hope ~ Wendy
Dear, sister Wendy.
Thank you very much for your lovely comment 🙂 Actually I am who really proud have parents like them.. learned so many things from them.Thank you so much for your prayer, sister. God bless.
Amen so powerful.
Thank you very mich 🙂 God bless.
Beautiful post Karina! Praise God for your father’s healing, and the hope you had in Him. Hebrews 6:19 is one of my favorite verses, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul.” God bless you!
Dear sister in Christ, Emily
Thank you very much, sister. Hebrews 6:19 is also my favorite one. God bless you too, sister 🙂
I nominated you for an award on my blog (the post will be up Wednesday morning) if you’re interested. Keep up the good work.
Thank you very much for nominating me an award on you blog. it is a great honor to me. God bless 🙂
You always seem to flash me back to my young Christian catechism days. Faith, hope and love. If more of the world took in that last virtue, the other two would be much easier to contemplate and eventually accept in our hearts. Peace, Karina.
Thank you very much for you lovely comment. Yes I agree with you 🙂 Thank you and God Bless.
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Karina- living by Hope .
Beautiful heart touching story . Thanks for sharing
You are welcome 🙂 Thank you very much. God bless.
Hope is the transparent honesty of faith anchored in the work of the Lord in us, from the very beginning of our new life in Him.
Dear, brother in Christ Gary.
Thank you very much for your insightful comment on my post. God bless 🙂
Thank you very much 🙂 God bless.
Yr welcome… ❤
Beautiful message Karina, your mother is very wise. So glad to hear of your Father’s recovery. Peace, love to you and Happy Mother’s Day.
Thank you very much,sister Lilka. Happy Mother’s day. God bless.
It is a beautiful story and good reminder that with God in our lives, there is always hope and His rekindling Spirit. Bless you and thank you for your consistent visits to my poetry. I appreciate it. – Rick
Thank you very much, brother in Christ Rick. I love poem/poetry and you poetry is the one I love..:) Thank you and God bless.
It’s True Karina when our Focus is on The Lord we have Eternal Hope.
I have a Power Point about Candles and one is called Hope, your Story reminded me of it. I will leave the Link for you Karina in case you would like to see their significance in our lives.
The Brightest Flame- https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/the-brightest-flame/
Christian Love Always – Anne.
Dear, sister Anne.
Thank you very much for the PP file 🙂 That is very good as my pondering. God bless, sis.
Hi Karin. It has been a while since we have talked and it is good to hear your father is doing well. This is a very good post on hope and presented well by way of the candles. I hope you are doing well also in assuming your new duties as both a business woman and an encouraging daughter. Take care and say hi when you can, sis.
Bless you and your family,
I am so sorry missed your comment on my post. I doing well and my dad also in good condition but still under control the medical team. Thank you very much for the encouraging comment, brother 🙂 I hope and pray you are doing well too. God bless.
You didn’t miss my comment, I just made it yesterday…(my time). I was so glad to see you posted a new article! You have so many who follow your blog and read everything you write. This is also true with guest posts! Anyway, I am so happy things are going better for all of you. I still wish blessings upon you and all of your family, sis. I’ll be checking in on you from time to time…
What a beautiful testimony. You truly have a gift.
Dear, Keith Haney.
Thank you very much for reading and your lovely comment. God Bless
Thank you for liking my blog posts so consistently. I trust they really are a blessing to you. May you indeed be filled with peace, faith, hope, and love, but remember, the Bible says the greatest is love, because it’s from God’s love that we can have all the others.
You are welcome, brother in Christ JGarrot. I love your post and always got something valuable from your posts. God bless..:)
I love it when you share from your life–especially about things that are difficult. It gives me strength and hope to read about the way you’re dealing with your father’s health crisis.
Thank you, Karina, for this post and for your visits to my blog. End of life matters are incredibly difficult for everyone. Thanks for sharing your Mom’s story and the way it helps you think about your Dad’s health challenges. I pray your candle of Hope will burn so brightly that it brings all the other candles back to life!
Love and hugs,
You are welcome,sis 🙂 Thank you very much for the heartwarming response on my post and also thank you for your prayer 🙂 we have too make our candle of hope keep light up brightly and bring the light to others. Thank you and have a great Sunday. God bless,sis.
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Thank you very much for reblogged my post to your blog. What a great honor to me. Hope and pray could be a blessing to others. Thank you and God bless.
I Pray that God may bless you and that your post may touch the hearts of those needing comfort and a prompting to draw closer unto Him.
What a testimony, and the story about the candles couldn’t be further from the truth regarding love, peace, faith, and hope.
Thank you very much, dear brother in Christ David. Goe bless.
Wow that was an amazing story
Thank you very much, dear 🙂 God bless.
Karina, I am new to your blog. I just want to say that you have a very beautiful blog. I see God using you in a very special way. Using your personal experiences to minister to others as your faith, hope, love and trust gives Him the Glory that only He deserves.
Dear my new friend, Cristina
What a such a wonderful greeting 🙂 Thank you very much for your lovely comment about my blog. Actually our personal experiences with God are endless source of inspiration to write a post. Any way, I love you blog too and I strongly believe I will be blessed through your blog posts. Thank you,Cristina. Hope and pray we will be a good blog friend 🙂 God bless you.
Thank you Karina. 🙂 Blessings!
Thank you for the good work you are doing.
Your are welcome 🙂 Thank you for the nice comment. God bless.
A positive writing…very well written
Thank you very much 🙂 God bless.
Your welcome 🙂
Well said Amen
Thank you very much 🙂 God bless
I had to send this link to my dear once to read this….
Thank you very much for your kindness linking my post to your beloved once. Hope and pray it will be useful and be blessing to others. Thank you and God bless.
Nice post! I’m making posts about scientific explanations behinde everyday appearance, so if you have time and will please go and check it out! If you like it please follow me, I follow you.
Thank you! 😀
Hello there .
Thank you so much for visiting and reading my post.. Ok I will come to your blog and read your posts..Thank you for following me also. Have a great Sunday.
If you find it interesting please follow me, it would mean a lot to me!
Thank you and enjoy your day! ❤
Thank you for the 4 candle story and your faith!
I apologise for the long late reply. You’re welcome. Thank you for reading my post 🙂 God Bless.
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A badly needed message…especially as the times grow darker. ❤
Thank you for your lovely words also thank you for reading my post..God Bless.
I read and re-read your posts, Karina. They have great depth and eternal meaning from the word of God. ❤
Thank you very much for always read my old post, sister Anna. I’m honored. Keep safe and healthy, stay home. God Bless you, sister Anna
We need the candle of hope greatly in these tumultuous times. ❤
Yes, you were right, sister Anna. Thank you very much for reading again my post. Stay safe and healthy. God Bless
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Karina, this is a beautiful story. I’m so glad your father made it through the critical period. God bless you as you continue to follow Him all the days of your life. 🙂
Dear Marsha, Thank you very much for reading my old post. I really appreciate it. Thank you and God Bless you abundantly.