Four candles slowly burned.
The ambience was soft,
One could almost hear them talking.
The first candle said, “I am Peace!
The world is full of anger and fighting.
Nobody can keep me lit.”
Then the flame of Peace went out completely.
Then the second candle said: “I am Faith!
I am no longer indispensable.
It doesn’t make sense
that I stay lit a moment longer.”
Just then a breeze softly blew out Faith’s flame.
Sadly the third candle began to speak:
“I am Love!”
People don’t understand my importance,
So they simply put me aside.
They even forget to Love those who are nearest to them.
I haven’t the strength to stay lit.”
And waiting no longer
Love’s flame went out.
A child entered the room and
Saw the three unlit candles.
“Why aren’t you burning?”
“You are supposed to stay lit till the end.”
Saying this the child began to cry.
Then the fourth candle answered,
“Don’t be afraid, I am Hope!
While I am still burning we can
Re-light the other candles.
With shining eyes the child took the candle of
Hope and lit the other candles.
The flame of Hope should never go out from your life.
And with Hope
Each of us can live a life with
Peace, Faith and Love!