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The Four Candles

The four candles burn slowly. The ambiance is so soft you can hear them talking.

The first one says, “I am Peace! However, nobody can keep me lit. I believe I will go out.” Its flame rapidly diminishes and goes out completely.

The second one says, “I am Faith! Most of all, I am no longer indispensable, so it doesn’t make any sense that I stay lit any longer.” When it was finished talking, a breeze softly blew on it putting it out.

Sadly, the third candle speaks in its turn, “I am Love! I haven’t the strength to stay lit. People put me aside and don’t understand my importance. They even forget to love those who are nearest to them.” And no longer waiting it goes out.

Suddenly, a child enters the room and sees three candles not burning. “Why are you not burning? You are supposed to stay lit ‘til the end.” Saying this, the child begins to cry.

Then the fourth candle says, “Don’t be afraid, while I am still burning we can relight the other candles, I am Hope.”

With shining eyes, the child takes the candle of Hope and relights the other candles.

The flame of Hope should never go out from your life….and that each of us can maintain Hope, Faith, Peace and Love!

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