Light a Candle

I remember reading a book as a young teen that told the story of a girl whose blindness was a barrier to her own living. This left her unhappy, cursing her inability to see. She was being encouraged to try using a seeing eye dog, but fear kept her from it…at first. While not a literary classic, the moral tale was a good one for it’s early adolescent audience.

One of the quotes used in the book is packed with truth. I’d not thought about it until this morning as I have been weighing my own response to the planned Qur’an burning (now, as I understand it) canceled.

“It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.”

I’ve read (in a very quick Google research search this morning) that this is derived from a Chinese proverb. I’ve also read that J.F.Kennedy is often considered the one who make the statement known in our modern thinking in ¬†1961. Additionally, Adlai Stevenson is quoted in the New York Times as referencing this thought in comments about Eleanor Roosevelt. But I digress…

This morning I’m asking God to mold me into a candle-lighter and decrease my tendency to be a darkness-curser.

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