We had our Christmas Eve service yesterday evening, which ended with singing "Silent Night" by candlelight. After everyone had extinguished their candles and left to finish last minute wrapping and cooking (at least that was my plan), Savannah came up to me holding her candle.
"Mom? If I blew out my candle and lit it again, is it still holy?"
"Sure," I responded. I couldn't see how her intentions would be anything but.
"Good. I want to take it outside and blow it out and send the smoke up to Jesus for a present."
She touched my heart and I'm sure put a smile on the one who came to us as a baby many, many stars ago on this day.
I'm sending out a smoke signal to all of you; you who still come to see what I have to say despite my absences.
I hope you have a blessed and joyful Christmas and a happy and safe new year (but I plan to talk to you again before then.)