December 22, 2010 Edition

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Seventh annual Candle Lighting
held by TCF of Lawrence County

Shauna Bryant of Hoxie lights a candle on a candelabra during the seventh annual Candle Lighting.
The Compassionate Friends of Lawrence County held their seventh annual Candle Lighting on Dec. 12.

Every year, on the second Sunday in December, the world unites by lighting candles at 7 p.m. around the globe for one hour to honor and remember children who have died.

"As the candles are extinguished at the end of the hour in one time zone, they are lit in the next," local organizer Dana Penn said. "The goal is to have a flame burning continuously for 24 hours that special day."

At the evening's gathering poems and remembrances were shared.

"Joyce Rose blessed our hearts with beautiful music that spoke wonders of why we were present, celebrating lives," Penn said. "As our circle continued throughout the 60 in attendance; parents, grandparents, siblings, family and friends lit candles.

"It sounds simple, but it is quite a healing moment to be in a room with that much pain and loss and to recognize your place there. To know that everyone in that room has suffered along with you reminds you of the last sentence of our credo: we need not walk alone."

Penn said that while lighting a candle doesn't solve anything and gathering and reflecting on life and death doesn't change anything, being together with others does help.

"As Zig Ziglar says, 'Grief is the price we pay for loving so deeply,'" Penn said. "While we can't overcome this loss, we can allow it to soften. We can hurt less intensely. We can look beyond our hurt to others and offer them our love and support."

Holiday's are the most difficult times, Penn said.

"Celebrating their 'life days' allows us to move forward as a tribute to them," she said.

"Precious child, you left too soon," are the lyrics of Karen Taylor-Good's song, which played at the closing of the service. "Though it may be true that we're apart, you will always live forever, in my heart," the song continues.

"This truly sums it up!" Penn said.

The TCF Christmas Trees were on display during the event and will be on front lawn of the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge until after holidays.

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