Light a candle…
Yesterday, as always in our monthly Reflective Prayer sessions, we had a small candle burning on the table for the two hours we shared together. Several of the five women who were gathered around it commented on how helpful that is.
- A candle flame is such a tiny thing, seemingly insignificant, yet it can speak powerfully of hope, of light shining in the darkness.
- It can also serve to centre us, to help us to focus when minds are drifting.
- One of the group admitted that she makes a point of opening her eyes and concentrating on the candle if she feels she is on the verge of falling asleep during the long periods of silence we keep together!
One simple activity IASP invites us all to share in tomorrow is to light a candle and place it in a window at 8pm, “to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide”. We have done this for the past four years, since Peter’s death. Tomorrow, however, with our Scotland Synod taking place in Inverness, we will still be on the train coming home at 8pm so I have packed a battery-operated tea light in my bag and hope to be able to light that on the train.
Does it do any good?
How would any of us ever know?
But I hold out hope that those little, flickering flames in windows up and down the country and around the world might shed a little light onto an area of confusion and might give hope to someone who is struggling to push back the darkness.