Shine Your Light

A candle is a powerful thing. One that is lit can instantly turn a dinner party classy, or a table for two into something romantic.

It can magnify the emotion in a room. For example, at a wake or a funeral, they signal that things are very sad.

Candles evoke emotion.

Candles are powerful.

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I am Jewish. I celebrate Shabbat nearly every Friday, even if I'm by myself. While it's traditionally a Jewish thing, there has been a movement recently where women come together on Fridays who are not Jewish to celebrate.

In fact, FridayLight.org is an organization dedicated to this. Here's what they have to say about it:

For centuries, Jewish women have experienced a weekly moment of inner peace through the ancient practice of lighting Shabbat candles. By Lighting Up each and every Friday night, you will not only bask in a personal moment of inner peace, but also connect to a larger community of women everywhere who together hold the power to foster global peace.

With the flicker of millions of flames each and every Friday night, we can bring light into the darkest places on earth and usher in peace throughout the world.

I think you don't have to be a woman to experience this; men certainly do to. Either way, it's a beautiful thing.

Let me set the stage for you: Picture yourself in your favorite room of your home. For me, it's the kitchen. No TV is on. No Radio. No noise. The house is quiet. If you've got pets they, likely, follow you wherever you go and are at your feet. Your family is around you. Dinner is ready to be served. Then, you light the candles. The light instantly warms the room the way only candles can. You all sit around the table, eating and talking, until the candles burn out.

Now do this every week. What would this do for your family? For you?

I'm lighting my candles for you tonight!