I love to decorate with lots of candles at Christmas. The collection of tapers, pillars, votives, and tealights would leave one wondering if my home were an homage to the Savior or a Tebetan temple.  Tealights are my favorite. I have them asymmetrically placed across every available space to put the perfect touch on my holiday interior lighting. A drowned wick in a pillar turns the candle into a candle holder. I just drop a tealight in and keep on trucking. Digging the remains of candles out of votive holders is for the birds. Plop in a tealight and enjoy the sparkle. As a bonus, I have countless decorative tealight holders to compliment the tealight votives and tealight pillars. 

The tealights used to annoy me because they’d get crooked and not burn evenly. Even the evenly burning ones needed replaced too often. When it comes to tealights, I found they aren’t the candle you want to skimp on to save a buck. One year, I applied my sleuth Amazon review research to the tealight. I found a reasonably priced box of 100 that claimed to burn three times longer than the knockoffs. Okay, show me what ya got. It was a win… major win. I measure tealights by Christmas movies. How many movies can I watch before they burn out? These new babies blazed through five Hallmarks. Total keepers.

Tealights sprinkle a sweet, soft, twinkle throughout my house. They aren’t powerful or bright. You wouldn’t put a tealight in the lamp of a lighthouse. You wouldn’t lead a charge in the dark with a tealight instead of a torch. You wouldn’t use tealights to accent your campsite or garden path. Those situations call for lights that draw stark attention to danger or beauty. 

Christmas is a time for us to celebrate the good news of our Savior’s birth. Angels appeared and the glory of the Lord shone around them. A bright star drew Wise Men to Him. Jesus himself said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” This is not a tealight sized proclamation. What Jesus did for humankind changed eternity. 

I confess that my faith appears as just a twinkle most of the time. I’m thankful for all of my candles and how I’m reminded of a challenge to let my light shine. I want others to know that my faith is strong. I want them to be drawn to the light of the world. I want them to be warned of the dangers in the darkness. I want them to see the beauty of our Creator. I don’t want my faith sprinkled across the surface, I want it blazing across the chasm.

I’m thankful for the Light of the World. I’m thankful I have the light of life. I pray that I shine light on God’s goodness and good news. 

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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