Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I will light candles ...

My friend Shereen shared the following poem with me by email. I thought it was a great poem to share this first week of the new year.

I will light candles this New Year.
Candles of joy, despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch.
Candles of courage where fear is ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens.
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.

---Howard Thurman

For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. PSALM 18:28

We will also light a candle today for Sam the Man's birthday.

Homemade brownies a' la mode will be on the menu.  Sending sweet wishes your way for a terrific Tuesday. Blessings of peace, joy and love. Tammy


Diane said...

Lovely poem. I have truly been hungry for light these days. Hated to take my Christmas tree down. I'm lighting candles and this poem is so nice. Happy Birthday to "Sam the Man" Diane

Pam said...

Brownies a' la mode sounds delicious. Happy birthday to Sam the Man. Very moving poem. I've been using my Scentsy warmers instead of candles recently. I did get a couple of candles for Christmas. Maybe I'll get one out and light it tomorrow.

Phyllis said...

Well, happy birthday to Sam the Man!
Very nice poem - thanks for sharing Tammy.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Happy Birthday, Sam and happy New year too!

Jane said...

Happy Birthday to Sam!! Sounds like you have a wonderful meal planned!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Happy Birthday to Sam! Hope thi syear brings you both love, peace & FUN!

love that poem..into my book it goes {with your blessing of course?!}

Sheila Rumney said...

Happy Birthday to Sam... Thanks for sharing that lovely poem!

bunny said...

Happy Birthday Sammy....Make it a good one!


Lynn said...

Thank you for stopping by the other day. Best wishes to you.

Deb said...

I'm a candle lover..burn them all the time and I loved the poem.

Happy New Year!

sonya said...

Beautiful poem. Love the verse from Psalms. And Brownies a la mode? That would be my choice for my birthday cake too! And happy birthday to Sam the Man.
Have a great week,Tammy.

dee dee said...

Wonderful poem! It makes me remember to be grateful in all things.
Enjoy the brownies with the Birhtday Man!
Dee Dee

Faith said...

Sam....happy birthday...blessings and abundance for you this day. You are right
who doesn't love the snowman....happy and carefree.....thanks for stopping by.....lovely poem.

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Lovely poem - thank you for sharing it!

podso said...

I've enjoyed catching up on your blog. I love quotes and you have some wonderful ones. There's nothing like pondering something someone else has already thought about and put into words in a wonderful way. Looks like you have some good crafting to do. I enjoy altering books but haven't done much lately. Altered cards too...the free spirit in me! Hope you all had a good birthday celebration and best wishes for the new year.

Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

Happy birthday for Sam (it's my Papa's 90th birthday today, I did a blog about him...) and enjoy this special day together in family style!

Lots of love,

Mariette's Back to Basics

Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

Both of are (retired) teachers, professional writers and we also kept a journal till the year 2004. So that's how I always can go back to photos and find the info. The poems from my childhood I just scanned from an old exercise book that I kept. Now they are precious since they're half a century old! But I'm in the process (slowly, as it is so time consuming) to make all our photos, slides etc. digital. Hope to finish that someday!
My third brother is also a writer, he published several professional books and my great Uncle had his PhD in literature so it must somehow run in our genes from my paternal side...
Lots of love,

Mariette's Back to Basics

La Dolce Vita said...

what a wonderful poem Tammy thanks for sharing it with us! and your photo is just magnificent!

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...Happy Birthday to your sweetheart. I'll bet you are glad he was born! The poem was great, too. Hope you have a nice night. Susan

glor said...

Happy Birthday to Sam! Blessings and all good things. Love the poem ... I too will join you in lighting candles. This is beautiful. Have a wonderful evening.

Claus said...

Beautiful poem! candles are always so magical, and this poem makes them seem even more special!
Happy B-day to Sam the Man...some candles for him as well? for health and a good year ahead!
have a great day!

Rizzi said...


A Vintage Chic said...

What a beautiful poem, Tammy...and a favorite verse, as well. Thanks for sharing them today. And a big happy birthday to your husband! Hope you have a wonderful celebration!


deborahspalette said...

Love Love Love the new colors on the blog background. And the picture of the windows in your header. Oh and the poem is lovly too!
Happy New Year! Many Blessings, Deborah

Daydream Living said...

Dear Tammy,
I wish you all the best for this new year and I'm glad our paths have crossed here in Blogland! Hugs, Maureen x

Anonymous said...

What a lovely poem that Shereen sent to you. Very apprpriate for a new year. I love the picture of you and Sam. I am glad I was able to take it!! HA! Please wish Sam a belated birthday for me. I am guessing the brownies make him, the boys and you all smile!!


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