Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of my summer schedule, in which I'm serving as a camp pastor on top of my normal duties, I'll be putting my ongoing Thursday and Friday series on hold until mid-August. All other days will continue to feature new content as usual, and the Thursday and Friday slots will offer devotional and theological reflections (heretofore unpublished) from my seminary years.

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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