Candle Of Devotion: The Brighter Flame

This morning, I lit my candle of devotion (it’s a small votive candle in a rough, earthenware dish I keep on my desk to mark the hours of prayer) and prayed my daily prayers of commitment to the Father, Son and Spirit of God.

Due to uneven burning (how true that metaphor is to life as we know it) two votive wicks were visible and ready for lighting – so I attended the flame to them both.

One flame rose high and full, the second was smaller and thinner. The second was no less alive than the first, yet noticeably liliputian to the first. The Lord spoke these words to me:

“To imagine yourself a man whose devotion to Me burns brighter than my Own to you, is to imagine vainly. I am the most devoted of all, and toward you I set my heart.”

Though many tasks, cares and visions both burden and bustle in my life today, I will recognize that there is One pursuing me now Who is the most devoted of all.

Added Note:

David Crowder reflects here on the collision of life and death related to Kyle Lake’s tragic death last year. I thought it was worth noting.

A Beautiful Collision


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

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