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By Max Lucado


A few nights ago a peculiar thing happened.


An electrical storm caused a blackout in our neighborhood.  When the lights went out, I felt my way through the darkness into the storage closet where we keep the candles for nights like this.  Through the glow of a lit match I looked up on the shelf where the candles were stored.  There they were, already positioned in their stands, melted to various degrees by previous missions.  I took my match and lit four of them.


How they illuminated the storage room!  What had been a veil of blackness suddenly radiated with soft, golden light!  I could see the freezer I had just bumped with my knee.  And I could see my tools that needed to be straightened.


“How great it is to have light!”  I said out loud.  I then spoke to the candles.  “If you do such a good job here in the storage closet, just wait until I get you out where you’re really needed!  I’ll put one of you on the table so we can eat.  I’ll put one of you on my desk so I can read.  I’ll give one of you to Denalyn so she can cross-stitch.  And I’ll set you,” I took down the largest one, “in the  living room where you can light up the whole area.”  (I felt a bit foolish talking to candles--but what do you do when the lights go out?)


I was turning to leave with the large candle in my hand when I heard a voice, “Now, hold it right there.”


I stopped.  “Somebody’s in here!” I thought.  Then I relaxed.  “It’s just Denalyn, teasing me for talking to the candles.”


“OK, honey, cut the kidding,” I said in the semi-darkness.  No answer.  Hmm, maybe it was the wind.  I took another step.


“Hold it, I said!”  There was that voice again.  My hands began to sweat.


“Who said that?”


“I did.” The voice was near my hand.


“Who are you?  What are you?”


“I’m a candle.”  I looked at the candle I was holding.  It was burning a strong, golden flame.  It was red and sat on a heavy wooden candle holder that had a firm handle.

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