Posted by twayneking on Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In 1981 on December 21, the Polish ambassador defected to the United States as disaster loomed for his country. His wife was distraught when they visited President Reagan in the oval office. Vice President Bush put his arm around her to comfort and Nancy Reagan held her hand. The ambassador then made an unusual request of the president.
"Sir, would you display a candle in the window of the White House for the people of Poland in their hour of need."
The President rose from his chair and said he thought he could find a candle around here somewhere. He led the ambassador upstairs where they placed a candle in the window and lit it. Then, Reagan called a press conference and made a beautiful speech calling for the American people to light their own candles for the people of Poland.
To this day, the Polish people still talk about the wave of light that swept across America that Christmas and the hope it gave them in their darkest hour.
Tonight I am lighting a candle for freedom again. Won't your join me, whatever freedom may mean to you?
There was a darkness over Bethlehem 2,000 years ago when a child came who Isaiah said would "Proclaim liberty to the captives". I think it's an appropriate symbol. Freedom is the light shining from the Menorah at Hannukah and celebrated in Kwanzaa candle lighting ceremonies.
A candle in the window seems appropriate in this troubled holiday season.
You could even add a prayer. It couldn't hurt.
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