These are the candles for our Sabbath meal last evening. They brightened our table and our eyes through the entire evening. Two candles burning against the night are symbolic of Sabbath rest and Jewish tradition.
Our family has celebrated the Sabbath around the world… in the most crude and humble places and in very refined places. But the warmth and meaning are always the same. A day of rest was ordained at creation and predates the Law. God, who rested from creating, knows the benefits of recreation.
During the lighting ceremony of the Sabbath candles, every eye is on the light. As believers, our eyes remain focused on Jesus, who is the Light of the World. He illuminates our pathway with His Word and guiding presence.
Sabbath ritual stirs wonder and awe within my heart. Each time the Sabbath candles are lit, I remember my Savior as the center of life, as my all in all.
He is my focus. It is good for the world around me to be a bit out of focus. Keeping my eye on His light is all that matters.
I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of
life (John 8:12).