I sit here in the presence of darkness, thinking about this time of the year when you see insurmountable members of my family commemorating and observing some momentous occasion or event. You can snuff me out, but I am present, delivering a light that can be warm, romantic, mellow or haunting.
I am there for Hanukkah, Advent, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. I am there for birthdays, viduals, prayer offerings, and weddings. I am there commemorating romantic dinners and times for meditation. I am there for Diwali, Tōrō Nagashi and Makha Bucha Day.
I can be a little extravagant or demure, but I shine the brightest when darkness encompasses me. I add calm when shadows create fear. Yet, I know I am a beacon of light that reminds people to remain hopeful during uncertain times.
And so I shine. I am candlelight.