Dec 16

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After Sandy Hook

There is so much goodness in this country and in this world.  And yet, at a time like this, it’s so easy to focus on the bad, scary, and dark.

As I lit the Chanukah candles on Friday night, I was struck once again by how it takes just one candle to light all the candles in the world. (Click to tweet)

As I light the Chanukah candles, there is one standing above the rest. It is the "shamas" the guardian candle. We light that one candle with a match, and from it all the other candles are lit. Tonight our world appears dark. My prayer is that each of us who sees this message can be a shamas - a guardian who lights the way - for people who are experiencing terrible fear and pain. It takes only one candle to light the rest. Tonight, God, please use me as your candle.

Rather than writing a lot more words, I encourage you to read this amazing piece at The Huffington Post titled “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother.” I feel so deeply for this woman and I agree with her completely – more guns or less guns will never be the answer; fixing our mental health system IS the answer.

I am praying for each and every one of us that we will start shining our lights rather than fearing the dark.

With love to you all,

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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