Today, my friend is burying his father, who died on Sunday, the sixth anniversary of my own mother’s death.

On Sunday, I lit a candle for my mother at the back of the church, and a young parishioner came to help me, and I asked her if she had a special person or prayer that she wanted to light a candle for, and she said yes, she was praying for the candles, and I thought, “Well, that’s good; she has us all covered: the bereaved and the thankful and the sick and the tired and the lonely and the worried,” so I helped her light an extra candle to pray for the prayers of us all.

And when I heard that my friend’s father died that day, I borrowed a little of the light of her prayer to set aside for my friend and his father and his family, because I really don’t think that she would mind.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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2 Responses to Candles

  1. mephibashef says:

    Prayers in any form are a welcomed blessing. Any time one of gods children lift their heart to heaven it is a privelege. And our father stops to listen. Although it has been 20 years since my parents are gone I must say a vacuum is left from their departure. Praying for you.

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