Today we light our chalice for the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all and it that vane I would like to tell you about something that is happening on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 to bring world community together. It is the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting. Compassionate Friends is an organization for people who have lost children in anyway. they have support groups and once a year on the 2nd Sunday in December they do this candle lighting that starts at 7pm in New Zealand and as different time zones turn to 7pm, they’ll light up for an hour - so candles will be lit for a full 24 hours across the globe.
This past Oct. 3rd our family lost a young person, Tyler Joel Rudy. Tyler was a very special young person. As a baby he contracted a terrible disease that left him a quadriplegic. He lived all his life in a wheelchair and could do some things with one finger - like make his wheelchair go. He had lots of dreams and managed even with the deck stacked against him to realize them - like going to concerts and going to college. unfortunately he is no longer with us as he died at 22 years old two months ago. So I'll be lighting the candle for him and also for his wonderful caring brothers and parents he left behind.
So I urge you to join the world in light a candle for a lost child, and if you have been fortunate not to have lost a child, light one for Tyler!
If you want to tell me about it, either add a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
See below for more information on Compassionate Friends and the world lighting event.