Heavenís Fire

When I was a little boy our church was always full of music. We didnít have an organ, a band, or even a stereo. All that we had was one lady with a guitar, but when she sang I am sure that all of Heavenís angels must have joined in. During the week she was the music teacher at our local grade school. Many of the childrenís songs that still live on in my mind today where learned in her class. It was the songs that she sang during those Sunday services, however, that live on in my heart. I can still hear her sweet guitar and joyful voice leading us in the hymns we sang. Her music and her spirit were full of Heavenís fire. They brightened you up, warmed you up, and lighted a fire in your own soul as well.

My hymn leader, music teacher, and friend moved away before I was old enough to truly appreciate all that she meant to me. I never got to really thank her for lighting a candle inside of me with her generous fire. I never got to let her know that she started a song in my heart that still goes on today. I just pray that where ever she is that she gets to read this and knows how grateful we all are to her for burning so bright.

The most important thing that my friend taught me was that Heavenís fire doesnít just burn in the hearts of certain people. It is available to us all when we choose it. You can be full of Heavenís fire too. You can light yourself up with love, joy, optimism, enthusiasm, energy, vitality, and oneness with God. You can brighten up the souls, warm up the hearts, and light up the lives of those around you. You can be a flame of goodness in an often dark and cold world. You can take your flickering candle and turn it into a blazing torch for everyone to see. You can share your generous fire and light a candle inside of each person you meet as well. Donít let yourself be a smoldering ember in this life. Live well, burn bright, and let Heaven see your fire.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2008 (joecool@wirefire.com) -- submitted by: Joseph Mazzella ]

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