Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Winfow Candles

I was thinking about Christmas traditions the other night. The house I grew up in always had several candles in the window at Christmas time - electric ones with bright orange bulbs. Last month I read that the tradition of placing a Candle in the Window symbolizes the warmth and security of the family hearth and signals loyalty to family members and loved ones who are not present in the home. While doing some research for this post, I found this poem by Chaplain Larry Connelly.

A Candle in the Window

There’s a candle in the window
For our soldier off at war,
Standing constant vigil ’til
His foreign tour is o’er.

The sentinel stands faithfully
Through day and dark of night,
Reminding all who look its way,
To pray for Freedom’s fight.

For safety and for courage,
And for wisdom do we pray;
That God may grant him all these things
As his Comrade day by day.

Now stand, O Candle, bright and tall,
Alert us all, each one,
That the price of freedom is not cheap,
And its battle not yet done.

So light his way and burn for him,
And for his safe returning;
Our love will be the fuel that keeps
Our soldier’s candle burning.

So this holiday I ask you to consider placing a candle in your window for all our Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marine's that are away from home this holiday season. While my husband is safe here at home, many husbands aren't.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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