Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day Six - Build a Fair & Peaceful World

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

See below for more information on Compassionate Friends and the world lighting event.

The Compassionate Friends
Worldwide Candle Lighting
Join us on Sunday, December 12, 2010 along with other bereaved families, for the Fourteenth Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.
 Animated Worldwide Candle Lighting Poster
Visit The Compassionate Friends website to find a formal service near you, or light a candle in your home at 7 PM knowing you will be joined by hundreds of thousands of people who are thinking about the children around the world who are gone, but continue to live on in the hearts that they touched.

A Remembrance Book will also be available on The Compassionate Friends' website on that day to post a message or tribute.
The Worldwide Candle Lighting held yearly the second Sunday in December

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