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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

The Flame of Hope



Four candles were placed on an altar, their gentle flames casting a warm glow in the silent room. In the corner, a child was hiding near the light and warmth of the candles, staring calmly without blinking. The surroundings were so silent and calm that the child heard the candles’ burning shutters as whispers speaking.

 

The first candle said, “My name is Peace, but I no longer desire to burn. The world is filled with conflict and strife. My light has lost its purpose.” And with that, the candle extinguished itself.

 

The second candle spoke, “I am Faith, but no one seeks me anymore. People have turned away from belief and embraced atheism. My light is no longer needed.” And with those words, the second candle went out.

 

The third candle, with a heavy heart, whispered, “I am Love, and I am weary. In a world where love is overshadowed by hatred and selfishness, my light is no longer valued.” And the third candle’s flame faded away.

 

Seeing the darkness grow, the child began to weep. But then, the fourth candle spoke up: “Do not be afraid, dear child. Wipe your tears. As long as I burn, you can rekindle the light of Peace, Faith, and Love. My name is Hope.” The child, filled with new strength and courage, took the Candle of Hope and relit the other candles, restoring their light and warmth.

 

Friends, there are moments in our lives when peace seems distant, faith feels weak, and love appears scarce. We may find ourselves surrounded by the darkness of doubt, conflict, and despair. But as long as there is hope, we have the power to reignite peace, rekindle faith, and restore love in our lives and those around us.

 

Jeremiah 17:7 reminds us, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” Our hope in God is the unwavering flame that can reignite our peace, restore our faith, and renew our love. When we place our trust and hope in the Lord, we are never truly in the dark. The candle of hope is always burning, always ready to light the way and renew our spirit. This hope keeps our hearts warm and guides our steps even in the darkest times.

 

So, let us hold on to hope. Let it burn brightly in our hearts, knowing that with hope, we can overcome any obstacle, heal any wound, and light up any darkness. Trust in the Lord, and let His hope be your guiding light.

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