Light a Candle in Memory of…

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and I am life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

Light a candle in memory of all who have died this year because of war – men, women and children, both military and civilians.

Light a candle in memory of all who died in earthquakes, mud slides, avalanches, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters.

Light a candle in memory of all who have been killed because of violence of neighbor against neighbor; of family members against each other; and in acts of hate and violence caused by racism, sexism, homophobia, and in the name of religion.

Light a candle in memory of all your family members who have gone before. Parents, spouses/partners, children, siblings, and others.

Light a candle in memory of your friends who have died. They are missed.

Light a candle in memory of your co-workers and companions in vocation and service who have died this year.

Some people give gifts, others give memories.

May your memories be seen as gifts to be enjoyed and cherished

May your memories give comfort as God gives comfort

May your memories give peace as God promises peace

May your memories compel you to live as a beloved child of God.

May your heart be filled with memories.


Joyce SohlJoyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Spirituality & the Arts with such programs as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, and quarterly retreats and art exhibits.