The Dark Candle

by Stephen on May 3, 2015 · 55 comments

in Awakening

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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1 Bhawna May 3, 2015 at 11:48 pm

It’s a beautiful story. I love to read stories. After such a long time you posted one.

2 Valan May 4, 2015 at 12:58 am

Really it is a thought provoking

3 Sudhir Matey May 4, 2015 at 1:39 am

A beautiful story

4 Anindita Banerjee May 4, 2015 at 1:41 am

Truly speechless!!!!!!!!!

5 Abhay Kumar Gupta May 4, 2015 at 2:32 am

Heart touching story. We are always safer and happier in almighty hands.

6 Aviii May 4, 2015 at 2:55 am

This story enlights my life

7 D k tyagi May 4, 2015 at 3:36 am

Wonderful and very educative thoughtful story good luck

8 Noleen May 4, 2015 at 3:37 am

I love reading these stories, they really motivate me.

9 Joseph Muya May 4, 2015 at 4:07 am

It’s a real nice, nice story. It touched a lot my heart.

10 Mapula May 4, 2015 at 4:29 am

It was inspiring…prolonged sadness puts angels off!

11 Sarah May 4, 2015 at 4:48 am

Wowwww.. Stephen, it’s been such a long time.. thanks for the story, i liked it.

12 Yunis abayle May 4, 2015 at 5:43 am

Wow! Beautiful story. I loved it… there are two lessons I got from it…. the tender love for your children as parent and learn to be patient and not cry over spilled milk.

13 Mindcrafters May 4, 2015 at 6:15 am

Quite thought provoking.

14 Shamim Deshmukh May 4, 2015 at 6:23 am

Lovely motivating story..

15 Peter May 4, 2015 at 6:45 am

Lovely and so encouraging

16 Leib ben Yitshak May 4, 2015 at 8:33 am

This was a very moving story to me. I can relate to this and thank God every day that this has not happened to me.

17 Prasurjya May 4, 2015 at 8:54 am

After a long time…got to read yet another sweet story…thanks

18 LEVISON GOODWELL(Student) May 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

As a dream lover, iI see the story very interesting to me in the sense that, if we look at the tears, you didn’t mentioned about the tears of the man but he had them according to my understanding of the story. In this story I see man’s tears of SORROW, tears of JOY and tears of HOPE and all these has been summarized in the dream. Because when we look at the Candle, in it we find LIGHT and in light we find JOY and in joy we find HOPE. In short the dream wanted to ensure the man that her daughter is in the safe hands of God and him should continue living in joy and hope.

A question to you and me is: How do I react when my hopes/dreams are not realized?

19 Olusegun opeyemi May 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

It’s so sweet and lovely story, am so impressed.

20 Prabhakar May 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

Truly motivating one..

21 Castro May 4, 2015 at 10:59 am

Quite deep and insightful. God rejoices when one of His come home. We must learn to live in Faith and Hope.

22 Asif Patel May 5, 2015 at 2:29 am

That’s a very nice n touching story… do add more coz I love your all the stories …really inspiring one…

23 Kalumba Mwape Km May 5, 2015 at 5:48 am

Nice story, and touching one..

24 Sipra May 6, 2015 at 4:45 am

It’s a really motivating one….and also heart touching….

I like all of your stories… want read more touching lines….because words have really magic power to touch heart..
thank u for the story.

25 Simon May 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

@goodwell…liked how you analyzed it. @ Stiv, thanks a millie…hop we’l see more stories soon, goodluck.

26 Dr.bbalnarayana May 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

This story is truly remarkable. It reminds his father that
‘’though his daughter’s soul is separated from her body,
It still remains in his heart feeling his affection from the heaven.’’

27 Esther May 8, 2015 at 4:33 am

Motivational story …. i missed them

28 Shathis May 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

Wow, it’s a touching story you posted there. I love it, gives inspiration… wow, thanks…

29 Dr Jalaja May 9, 2015 at 10:29 am

I am a Principal working in a school. I keep telling them your beautiful stories to motivate them. Please post some teacher student stories.

30 Infinite id May 10, 2015 at 7:23 am

Wonderful story, permit me to share some stories here and make it a blessing to my people in this part of the world.

31 Sameer Sawant May 16, 2015 at 6:55 am

Really its a very beautiful story…

32 Gururaja MA May 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Heart touching.

33 Rosily May 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

Very fantastic story with inspiration. I am very much moved with the story.

34 Lukekyawhtoohlaing May 31, 2015 at 7:26 am

It is one of the motivated stories to me coz i am a teacher and i has the responsibility for my students to become good person for the sake of the people.

35 Uma Maheswar June 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm

I have no words, only tears.

36 Rita June 11, 2015 at 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

37 Alfred Ramc June 21, 2015 at 6:38 am

Lots of lessons! God bless you

38 Alfred Ramc June 21, 2015 at 6:40 am

Nice one!

39 Waduka Abdou. July 10, 2015 at 8:21 am

It is quite an inspiring story. I love it.

40 Duyen Ngoc July 19, 2015 at 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!

41 Pirthiba September 30, 2015 at 5:44 am

Wonderful story…cool….

42 PARAS October 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

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

43 Alana May 3, 2016 at 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

44 Manuel June 2, 2016 at 3:54 am

Very Nice and motivating those who are in depression

45 Sudhanshu June 24, 2016 at 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

46 Peta Vili June 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Enjoyed reading every single story. Good for me

47 Big AL October 3, 2016 at 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.

48 Ashmita Roy December 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Wonderful, superb it help me a lot….

49 Evan January 16, 2017 at 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.

50 jyothi mannam June 18, 2017 at 3:57 am

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

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