Birthday Candle

In September, a large number of my friends celebrate their birthdays. I’ll not speculate on the reason. But it is an appropriate time to meditate on the origin of birthday celebrations since we all have them at some point during the year.

Birthday celebrations began as a way of recognizing the spirit that comes alive when each soul is born. Initially there was only one candle no matter what the age, symbolizing the inner spirit and the natural, shining genius that enters the world at the birth of each child. The flame of inner intelligence burns at the center of the soul and lights a path through the uncertain world. The single candle was lit to remind everyone of the invisible fire at the core of each life.

A birthday reminds us all that each of us is already gifted, each having an inner genius and some God-given gifts to bring to life. One’s birthday involves the return of the mystery of oneself and a reminder of the inner flame that each of us possesses. The blowing out of the candle is not simply to make a wish, but a call to consider what the candle of each life burns for. The rising smoke from the extinguished candle carry’s not just a material wish, but our prayers toward the heavens.

Birthdays shouldn’t remind us of the passing of years, but of the flame that still burns inside.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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