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The Dark Candle

A man had a little daughter, an only and much beloved child. He lived only for her, she was his life. So when she became ill and her illness resisted the efforts of the best obtainable physicians, he became like a man possessed, moving heaven and earth to bring about her restoration to health.

His best efforts proved fruitless, however, and the child died. The father was totally irreconcilable. He became a bitter recluse, shutting himself away from his many friends, refusing every activity that might restore his poise and bring him back to his normal self.

Then one night he had a dream. He was in heaven and witnessing a grand pageant of all the little child angels. They were marching in an apparently endless line past the Great White Throne. Every white-robed, angelic tot carried a candle. He noticed, however, that one child’s candle was not lit. Then he saw that the child with the dark candle was his own little girl. Rushing towards her, while the pageant faltered, he seized her in his arms, caressed her tenderly, and asked, “How is that your candle is the only one not lit?” “Father, they often relight it, but your tears always put it out again,” she said.

Just then he awoke from from his dream. The lesson was crystal clear, and it’s effects were immediate. From that hour on he was no longer a recluse, but mingled freely and cheerfully with his former friends and associates. No longer would his little darling’s candle be extinguished by his useless tears.

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  • Lil nibba September 4, 2018, 11:39 am


  • Gary August 13, 2018, 6:23 am

    Very inspiring!

    In that situation, it’s good to think, would my loved one really want me to carry on the rest of my life miserable or to be happy?

  • Virbhayankar March 10, 2018, 2:34 am

    Very touching story

  • Maria favour March 7, 2018, 3:47 pm

    A touching short story hmmmm really motivating

  • Rosalie Ytang September 19, 2017, 11:18 pm

    One of all beautiful and touching story. thank you for sharing it with us

  • jyothi mannam June 18, 2017, 3:57 am

    A beautiful story tat really touched my heart….thank u soo much

  • Evan January 16, 2017, 5:47 am

    I am a Chinese. It is good for me to read this stories. Very much heart warming and thoughts touching. I would use them to share with my friends and teach her English. Thank you for sharing all in all.

  • Ashmita Roy December 24, 2016, 1:59 pm

    Wonderful, superb it help me a lot….

  • Big AL October 3, 2016, 5:11 pm

    What a wonderful story. Makes a change of heart about yourself. Don’t drag yourself down when you only have one life at the moment.

  • Peta Vili June 29, 2016, 10:45 pm

    Enjoyed reading every single story. Good for me

  • Sudhanshu June 24, 2016, 7:23 am

    Sir I have read your amazing stories and I must say that it really help to change my life a very motivational stories. Keep doing this always
    thank you sir

  • Manuel June 2, 2016, 3:54 am

    Very Nice and motivating those who are in depression

  • Alana May 3, 2016, 11:12 am

    I am a student of sfs and I am in seventh standard and motivation’s stories helped me a lot for my class assembies

  • PARAS October 3, 2015, 7:48 pm

    Wonderful story. I couldn’t help my tears rolling down. God bless you all.

  • Pirthiba September 30, 2015, 5:44 am

    Wonderful story…cool….

  • Duyen Ngoc July 19, 2015, 9:03 am

    I am Vietnamese.Through reading these stories, I can enrich my knowledge of English.Besides, these stories are so touching also.Thanks a lot!

  • Waduka Abdou. July 10, 2015, 8:21 am

    It is quite an inspiring story. I love it.

  • Alfred Ramc June 21, 2015, 6:40 am

    Nice one!

  • Alfred Ramc June 21, 2015, 6:38 am

    Lots of lessons! God bless you

  • Rita June 11, 2015, 11:33 am

    Hi steve thanks for such a heart warming story, it has been so long since I was on this site.
    I am happy to be back joining you all. God bless. And also to the father of this wonderful Angel

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