Peace, Faith, Love & Hope
It was a week before Christmas. Four candles were burning on the Advent wreath. It was incredibly quiet. So quiet that one was able to hear the candles suddenly speak…
The first candle sighed, ‘My name is Peace. My light shines, but humankind does not keep peace.’ Upon this its light became smaller and smaller until it went out.
The second candle was already flickering and said, ‘My name is Faith. But I rather feel redundant because people no longer have faith.’ A slight draft also extinguished this candle.
Sad and quiet the third candle spoke, ‘My name is Love. But I no longer have strength because people only focus on themselves – put themselves in the heart of everything – and thereby forget their fellow human beings.’ With a last flare this light also went out.
A child had entered the room and stepped close to the wreath, saw this, and said in an almost tearful voice, ‘But you all should be burning and not go out!’
The fourth candle replied, ‘Do not fear child! As long as I burn, we are able to bring the other candles back to shine. My name is Hope!’
The child took this candle and with its flame ignited the other candles again.