“Lighting the Candle Again”

“May we learn to share our light and stand together for the sake of all we love.”

If there be any real reason for this season, this hopeful exhortation should be it! What I want for Christmas is a united humanity, standing together and lighting the way to a brand new world.

“I am a living member of the great family of all souls; and I cannot improve or suffer myself, without diffusing good or evil around me through an ever-enlarging sphere. I belong to this family. I am bound to it by vital bonds.” – William Ellery Channing

Voices from the Margins

Carol A. Hand

December 22, 2017


Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere just passed

symbolizing growing light

inspiring me to set a candle aglow with gratitude

on this dark December night

for all those who have shared the journey

with creative compassionate spirits shining bright


Lighting the Candle for the Four Directions

This morning when I awoke I was reflecting on my lack of hope and passion these days. It feels as though everything I love, everything that brings me joy and peace and hope is at risk. When did my hope and passion disappear? Was it because of the institutions where I worked that publicly espoused social justice missions but contradicted those values through the actions of the majority? Was it because of the neighbors or ex-spouses who only appeared to be concerned with their own comfort and their own pursuit of happiness? Was it because of…

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2 thoughts on ““Lighting the Candle Again”

  1. I seem to be at a loss for words these days, when it comes to expressing anything other than frustration and anger.

    I read the comments, and almost all of them said what I felt as I read your post today, Carol. So it was my pleasure to reblog this.

    Thank you, Carol, once again, for being willing to share your deepest thoughts and concerns with us. As some of the comments made clear, we, the rest of us, need to hear your words right now, Carol. We need your light in this horrible darkness!

    There are times when I do feel alone, very alone. But then I remember you and some other dear friends, and I come back to the reality that I am not alone!

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