Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Like the Candle


Like the candle,
Consume me in the fire of Your presence.
Slowly, gently, melt me—
      Till nothing of me remains
            That has not been touched by You.
You fill me, change me,
      Warm me against the night.
I am Your gentle, stalwart friend,
      And You my only hope.
Like the flame, You give and give,
      And never diminish.
Without You I am cold and hard,
      But with You in my center,
            You as my heart,
                  I am luminous.
You are all that defines me,
      All that I have ever longed to be.
Oh, enwrap me in Yourself,
      Possess me,
            Consume me.
Like the candle, burn in me.

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