The Four Candles
“In the sculptural and pictorial realm, we look at beauty, and we live it; in the musical realm we ourselves become beauty.” ~Rudolf Steiner
The Four Candles burned slowly, They shone so softly you could hear them speak. The first candle said, "I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit." Then Peace's flame slowly diminished and went out completely, (gently, blow out this candle). The second candle said, “I am Faith, but these days, people believe they no longer need me." Then Faith's flame slowly diminished and went out completely. (gently, blow out this candle) Sadly the third candle spoke, "I Am Love and I haven't the strength to stay lit any longer. People put me aside and don't understand my importance. Sometimes they even forget to love those who are nearest to them." And waiting no longer, Love went out completely. (gently, blow out this candle)
A child entered the room and saw the three candles no longer burning. The child asked softly, "Why are you not burning? You are supposed to stay lit forever and ever" Then the Fourth Candle spoke gently to the little boy. "Don't be afraid, for I Am Hope, and while I still burn, we can re-light the other candles. With shining eyes, the child took the Candle of Hope and lit the other three candles. (slowly light the other three candies With the fourth) And so we never let the Flare of Hope go out. With Hope in our Lives, Peace, Faith and Love may shine brightly once again.
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